Face-covering ordinances in Alabama: Where they are required and for how long


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — After Gov. Kay Ivey announced that she would be extending Alabama’s safer-at-home order to July 31, many cities and counties across the state have decided to implement a face mask ordinance to help reduce the amount of COVID-19 cases.

The city of Montgomery issued an executive order on June 17 requiring anyone in the city to wear a face covering while out in public. This order became on June 19 and will remain active until it is rescinded, superseded, or amended. The ordinance is only in effect for the city of Montgomery and not the entire county. You can read the full order down below.

On June 26, Jefferson County issued a face-covering ordinance for everyone within the county limits. The ordinance went into effect on June 29 and will remain active Until July 31. There are some exceptions to this order, like if you have a child that is 8 years old or younger or if you’re going to a medical procedure. You can find the full order down below.

Selma Mayor Darrio Melton also issued a face-covering ordinance for the city that went into effect on June 27 at 5 p.m. and will remain active until further notice. The order requires anyone over the age of 2 to wear a face covering while in public. You can find the details of the order, including any exemptions, down below.

On June 30, the Tuscaloosa City Council passed their own face mask ordinance that will be active from July 6 to Aug. 5. Like the Montgomery ordinance, this ordinance only affects the city of Tuscaloosa and the Tuscaloosa County. Anyone who fails to comply with the ordinance could face a $25 fine.

The most recent face mask ordinance comes from Mobile County, where the Mobile County Health Officer Dr. Bernard Eichold passed the countywide order on July 2. This ordinance will remain in effect from July 3 to July 31. Fines range from $25 to $500 for those who fail to follow the ordinance. You can find the full order down below.

Everyone in Madison County will be required to wear a face covering or mask starting Tuesday, July 7 at 5 p.m., according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. The state issued the health order Monday afternoon on request of the Madison County Board of Health.


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