By Zach Hester, Reporter • firstname.lastname@example.org (Photo by Hal Yeager | Governor's Office)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — At a press conference this morning, Governor Kay Ivey (R-Ala.) announced the extension of the State of Alabama’s “Safer-at-Home” order, which includes a statewide mask mandate.
The order was previously set to expire on Friday, January 22 at 5 p.m., but has been extended for another six weeks through March 5, 2021.
Masks are also required in Alabama’s schools and colleges for employees and students in the second grade and above.
All other elements of the previously established health order, which includes guidelines related to businesses, remain in effect with no changes.
The health order defines “mask” as any covering that covers both the nose and mouth. Exceptions for the order include practical necessities defined by the Alabama Department of Public Health, some exercise, and voting or religious worship, though masks are encouraged in all of these scenarios as well.
For more information and current COVID-19 case statistics in the State of Alabama, please visit alabamapublichealth.gov.