Governor Ivey extends mask order until December
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Governor Ivey has decided to extend the state’s Safer At Home order requiring masks and other precautions until December. However, she did make changes to aspects of the order relating to occupancy rates and partition requirements for many businesses.
At a press conference Thursday morning Ivey announced the order would extend until Friday, December 11, at 5 PM.,
The updated order removes occupancy rates for retailers, gyms and fitness centers, and entertainment venues.
The relaxation will not however affect the Alabama state football playoffs. Dr. Scott Harris said the updated order affects commercial sports venues. Harris said the Alabama High School Athletic Assoc. football playoffs will still have to abide by social distancing and mask requirements.
The updated order also makes an exception to social distancing rules when businesses have a barrier between people. This change is targeted at barbershops, hair salons, gyms, and restaurants.
Governor Ivey said, “Simply put this should be welcome news as get ready for the upcoming holiday season.”
Speaking also at Thursday’s press conference was Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris.
Dr. Harris said the state has an increasing number of cases, reaching almost 200,000 total cases, in the past few weeks.
Alabama’s Safer at Home order has been in place since May and has been extended multiple times.
The order lays out restrictions on many aspects of public life to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
The order continues to mandate facemasks in schools and the public.
Large numbers of people have balked at the states requirement for wearing masks.
Ivey said Thursday, “Sooner or later it’s up to each one of us to do the right thing whether the government mandates it or not.”
Previously on September 30, Governor Kay Ivey announced the extension of the current Safer-at-Home order until November 8.
The Governor said the order would carry Alabama residents through Election Day to ensure safe in-person voting at the polls.
The order was also updated to allow for long-term care facility patients to have one caregiver and one visitor in-person at a given time.