When Ivey made the above remarks, she announced that the state’s broader “safer at home” order (including mandatory mask measures and other measures) will be extended to the evening of April 9th, instead of the original scheduled Monday. period.
Ivey said at a press conference in Montgomery on Thursday: “Although I firmly believe that mask work is the right approach, I also respect the opponents and think this is a step that the government controls too much.”
Ivey said that masks have always been the biggest tool against this virus. However, she said, it is time to make this a personal responsibility, not a government responsibility.
Ivey said that she will continue to wear masks in public, and she urges companies to decide on their own mask policies after April 9.
Since January, the counts of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in Alabama and the entire country have fallen. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, last week, Alabama had an average of 990 new cases per day, which is lower than the peak average of 4280 cases on January 10.
According to data from the COVID Tracking Project, the state had 559 Covid-19 patients in hospitals on Wednesday, which is far below the peak of 3,088 in the pandemic on January 11.
“If we can persist (while vaccinating more people), it will make a big difference. Therefore, it is very disappointing that we have to tear off the mask now.” Texas Children’s Hospital Vaccine Development Center in Ivey (Ivey) told Alabama about the move in Texas on Thursday to CNN.
Alabama’s mask regulations generally require people to wear face masks in public places within 6 feet of another person’s family.