LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The daily incident rate of COVID-19 is declining and the number of vaccinated residents in Louisville is rising. Mayor Greg Fischer announced masks are no longer required in Louisville Metro Government buildings and vehicles beginning Friday, March 4.
In a statement, Fischer said, “We’re making masks optional for people working and doing business in Metro Government facilities because the virus is declining in our community. But make no mistake — COVID-19 is still very present in our community and is still sending residents, mostly the unvaccinated, to hospitals. Our progress against COVID-19 wouldn’t be possible without so many residents making the obvious choice to get a free and safe vaccine and boosters offering strong protection against serious illness from the virus.”
Residents can get vaccines and boosters at over 100 locations across the city. Fischer thanked the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and wellness on their focus on fighting COVID-19 and providing resources including, testing, vaccines and education.
Louisville is now in the “medium” status as laid out by new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and the city aligns with new directives spelled out by Gov. Andy Beshear for state facilities.
While Metro employees will not be required to wear masks when working outside Metro offices, there are exceptions to the new mask policy. Those exceptions include:
Health care: All employees working or entering health care settings, taking part in home visits or interacting with the public during an emergency medical response must wear face coverings, including LMPD, EMS, Fire, Public Health and Wellness.
Corrections: All Corrections employees and anyone entering the Louisville Metro Detention Center facilities must wear face coverings.
Homeless Services: All employees interacting with the homeless population must wear face coverings.
Unvaccinated employees or those who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to wear masks.