BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Those living in Birmingham will have to wear continue wearing face masks in public for a little longer.
On Tuesday, the Birmingham City Council approved extending its face-covering ordinance to May 22. The ordinance was first passed April 28 and has been in effect since May 1. Originally, the ordinance was in effect until May 15.
The city council also lifted the city’s 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. coronavirus curfew.
Mayor Randall Woodfin spoke about the extension of the mandatory face-covering ordinance, a new task force report providing guidance for the safe re-open of restaurants and bars in the city, and provide additional comments from community partners in the city’s COVID-19 response.
Mayor Woodfin said that the city will be enforcing the face-covering order and that businesses will be allowed to deny service to customers for not wearing them if they so choose.
Faith leaders also commented on the reopening of places of worship in the city, asking them to not open their doors but instead continue to hold virtual services.
Health officials say that Jefferson County has 1,131 cases and 62 coronavirus-related deaths. Approximately 23,493 tests have been completed so far in Jefferson County as of Tuesday.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, the state has 10,260 confirmed cases and 428 coronavirus-related deaths. Health officials say that about 131,680 tests have been completed so far and 1,280 people are being treated in hospitals statewide for COVID-19.
For more information on COVID-19 in Birmingham visit, birminghamal.gov/ coronavirus.
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