Selma Mayor issues order requiring masks be worn in public places

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Selma Mayor Darrio Melton issued an executive order Friday that requires residents to wear a mask or face covering in public spaces in the City of Selma to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The order begins at 5 p.m. Saturday. Failure to comply with the mask requirement is punishable with a $25 fine.

Dallas County reported an increase of 41 cases from Wednesday to Thursday and the death rate has increased from six on Tuesday to eight by Friday morning, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health Infectious Diseases & Outbreaks Division.

Mayors in cities across the country have been issuing similar mask requirement orders in the last 24 hours, including Pensacola, Memphis and Little Rock, Ark.

In the order, he says “it is in the best interest of the public peace, health, welfare, and safety, and to preserve the lives and protect the health of citizens of the City of Selma, to require that masks, consisting of at least simple cloth face coverings, be worn by persons when interacting in public spaces in the City of Selma.”

Some exclusions apply. Read the executive order here: City of Selma Face Coverings and Masks.

To see a dashboard of cases by county across the state, click here.