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Area professionals discuss the mask mandate debate

Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 4:15 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -

As of 5 p.m. on Friday, Governor Andy Beshear’s executive order mandating face masks in public settings went into effect.

“I can definitely understand people’s reservations and not liking to be told what to do,” said Dr. Charles Morrow, Med Center Health Hospitalist.

As Kentucky moves into its fourth day of the mask mandate, the debate about masks continues. Some are in favor, others strongly against.

“If you get a chance try to look on Facebook and find people who have lost loved ones. We have seen several patients here in the hospital that they were exposed by their family members,” Dr. Charles Morrow.

It’s a common theme among the professionals 13 News talked to. Wear a mask for yourself and wear a mask for others.

“What we hear from the experts in our community at the state level, at the national level is that masks are important, that masks help stop spreading this virus,” said Michael Buchanon, Judge-Executive.

Executive assistant, Kim Lancaster reiterates all city buildings require masks unless a person falls under an exempt category or can social distance.

“It at least allows us to get out into the public without exposing people to COVID-19,” Lancaster continued. “It’s some limited sense of normalcy at least.”

However, it’s much more than that.

“If we don’t take that challenge of protecting others from us and protecting ourselves, then we’re going to see ourselves slide back into another shutdown, which I, frankly, do not think our economy can endure,” said Buchanon.

Governor Beshear’s mask mandate will stay in effect for 30 days.

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