KY House Democrats ‘outraged’ after new Republican members go maskless in Capitol

Democrats in the Kentucky House of Representatives were “outraged” after several newly-elected Republican members refused to wear masks during an orientation session Thursday.

“I was stunned to see most of my fellow incoming legislators not wearing masks, and I was saddened when none of them complied after being asked by LRC staff to wear one,” said Rep. Rachel Roberts, D-Newport. “I help care for a parent who is immunosuppressed, and by being in this room, I now have to stay away from him at least a week and be tested.”

Kentucky is in the midst of a surge of COVID-19 — there have been more cases of the virus in the first three days in December than there were in May and June combined — yet there has been resistance to following an executive order that requires people to wear masks. Masks, when properly worn, are scientifically proven to limit the spread of the disease.

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