Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a statewide mask order. The order states a face covering must be worn in public when in close contact with other people.
It added that all Alabama residents must wear a mask when within 6 feet of a person from another household; in an indoor space open to the public; a vehicle operated by a transportation service such as Uber; or an outdoor public space where 10 or more people are gathered.
The order goes into effect today (July 16) at 5 pm and will run until July 31, at least.
The order carries a penalty of $500 or jail time.
There are exceptions to the order, such as children under than 6, people with certain medical conditions or disabilities; eating and drinking; and medical and dental procedures.