In light of the ongoing coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced the extension the statewide face mask ordinance as part of the Safer at Home order to Aug. 31.
On Wednesday morning, Ivey held a press conference where she made the announcement of extending the order that also encourages people in public to maintain a distance of at least six feet.
During the press conference Ivey stressed that while she respected the decision of school districts to implement virtual learning she believes that students should resume in-person classes when possible.
“While I respect those districts that have elected to go to virtual classrooms, I feel with all my heart that a slide will come by keeping our kids at home,” she said. “Especially if there are other options. And that slide is likely to have a dramatic, negative impact on Alabama’s future: our young people.”
The order requires that students and faculty wear face masks while on campus.
State Health Officer Scott Harris spoke at the press conference, giving an update on the COVID-19 situation in Alabama. He voiced his support for continuing the face mask order.
“I think it’s absolutely the right thing to do,” he said. “I fully support that. I’m very aware that many people don’t like the idea of having a face covering, and certainly I don’t either, and I know that people don’t like being told what to and I don’t either, but I do believe that it’s the right thing to do.”
A recording of the press conference can be seen on Facebook.