Gov. Kay Ivey expands mask order & extends Safer at Home order through end of August

Statewide mask order extended until Aug. 31

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WBRC) - Governor Kay Ivey announced Wednesday morning that her Safer at Home order is being extended another month and adding a new update.

The addition to the order is that masks are required in schools and colleges, where possible, for employees and students in second grade and above.

Previously, that decision was set to be made by individual schools.

“We must remain vigilant if we’re going to get our kids back in schools and keep our economy open,” Gov. Ivey said. “Wearing a mask can’t hurt but it sure can help. More and more people are seeing this for what it is: It’s a way to protect yourself as well as others you work with, come in connect with, care about and those you even love.”

Gov. Ivey was adamant about getting students back in schools. The governor said the state doesn’t have the luxury of not having children back in school, adding that virtual learning will create a “slide.”

“That slide is likely to have a dramatic negative impact on Alabama’s future - our young people,” Ivey said.

Gov. Ivey issued the challenge for school districts to phase back into in-person classroom participation if possible.

“Other than their parents, one of the most important people in a child’s life is their teacher. Many of our students and their families rely on school for more than just classroom activities. School is a safe place where they get their healthiest meal of the day and where they are loved and encouraged as well as taught,” Gov. Ivey said.

Wednesday’s press conference comes during a good trend for Alabama in terms of coronavirus cases. The Alabama Department of Health has reported less than 1,800 cases each day since July 24. This is the first time the state has had such a streak since July 11.

This week Alabama has seen a good trend in number of coronavirus cases. The Alabama Department of Health has reported less than 1,800 cases each day since July 24. This is the first time the state has had such a streak since July 11.

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