Ivey issues new Safer Apart order following end of mask mandate

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — Gov. Kay Ivey has announced a new Safer Apart health order following the end of her mask mandate this week.

In her conference Tuesday morning, Ivey said as of Monday, Alabama has seen the lowest average of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations since the spring of 2020.

“We feel pretty good about the situation we’re in,” State Health Officer Scott Harris said.

Harris also said the strategy for flattening the curve remains the same.

“We’ll try to avoid crowds, wear masks when you can’t do that,” he said.

The Safer Apart Order encourages businesses to still promote the use of masks and facial coverings, maintaining social distancing, using partitions when necessary, and regular sanitation.

Employers are also encouraged to use the same practices for their employees as well. Employees who are sick should not come into contact with anyone else.

Senior center programs will be required to follow guidelines from the Alabama Department of Senior Services. At the moment, the department has allowed outdoor activities and to-go meals.

All facilities that care for children are encouraged to follow the same preventative tactics for businesses except for maintaining a social distance of three feet when possible for children between the ages of 6 and 18. Facilities that care for children under this age range are not required to maintain separations between them.

Ivey’s order takes effect Aril 9 at 5:00 p.m. and lasts until May 5, 2021. If necessary, Ivey will decide to extend the order.

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