Mask mandate debate: what do Wiregrass residents want Gov. Ivey to decide?

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Governor Kay Ivey first issued a mask mandate and Stay at Home order last July. Now, that mandate may come to an end.

On Thursday, March 4th, Ivey will address the public and announce whether she will lift the mask mandate or not. The mandate has been the source of many debates and residents remain divided over whether it works.

WDHN spoke to several Wiregrass residents to learn what they want Ivey to do.

“Yes the mask is aggravating and you know it’s something we don’t like to have on everyday, but it’s keeping us safe until this virus is more kept under control so I say give it a little more time before we lift it,” said resident Kristi Hunt.

Hunt isn’t alone.

“If she [Ivey] does lift, it I will continue wearing my mask because coronavirus is not gone,” resident Brianna Conner said.

“I think I will continue wearing my masks because it’s always better to be safe than sorry even with spring break mask tan lines are okay,” said resident Carolina Cheek.

“I honestly believe that we should protect ourselves, so we as adults should take the responsibility to protect ourselves and if you don’t wanna do that, that’s fine, but when you get sick, don’t go crying to nobody,” said resident Elizabeth Emerson.

Although several residents support the mask mandate, some feel like it’s not always necessary.

“I’m not for it, but when you in a big crowd or something, I would have it on,” said resident Raven Townsend.

“I feel it’s necessary to a certain extent because you now cause you can still get the virus it’s still out here,” Aniyah Hill.

Plus, with Spring Break coming up, some people are concerned about large groups not wearing their masks.

“Kids are going out partying without mask and it’s just spreading further and further,” Hunt said.

WDHN will keep you updated on Governor Ivey’s decision.

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