Louisville Metro to require masks of everyone entering city government buildings

Published: Jul. 30, 2021 at 3:43 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2021 at 12:35 AM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Those working at or planning to enter a Louisville Metro Government building will need to start wearing a mask.

The mask requirement, which includes Metro Government employees, was announced Friday afternoon in a release from Mayor Greg Fischer’s office and goes into effect on Monday, Aug. 2.

However, some people aren’t happy with the mandate, including Metro Councilman Anthony Piagentini (R-District 19), who said he will not comply.

In a Twitter post, the councilman responded to the new requirement: “I am vaccinated and I encourage everyone who it is right for to get vaccinated as well. With that said, put this order in the column of “I will not comply”. We have completely lost perspective on the limited reasons we should infringe on freedoms.”

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The post started a Twitter debate that included multiple elected officials, with one of them being Piagentini’s fellow council member, Cassie Chambers Armstrong (D-District 8). In a rebuttal to councilman Piagentini, Chambers tweeted: “As someone who has to share an office building with Piagentini, and has two kids who are too young to be vaccinated, I find it concerning he thinks personal liberty in this context is more important than following public health guidance.”

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In the statement from Fischer, he said Louisville is currently in the “orange” alert status. After several weeks in the “yellow” status, the past three weeks have seen COVID-19 cases in the Metro triple with 672 new cases reported the week of July 24. Based on that trend, city officials anticipate reaching “red” alert status by Monday.

“We’re at a point we’d hoped to avoid through vaccines, which are safe, highly effective at stopping serious illness and death from COVID-19, and widely available at over 100 locations throughout Louisville,” Fischer said. “This is an urgent step to halt this pandemic of the unvaccinated, and our community must once again work together so that we can we move forward — not backward — against this dastardly virus.”

The policy will apply to every person regardless of the vaccination status.

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