Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will not extend mask mandate past April as case counts drop

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday extended the state’s mask mandate, but the ordinance will no longer be in effect come April 9, she said.

The governor’s stay-at-home order, which is set to expire April 30, shutters nonessential businesses, closes beaches, and institutes 50% capacity limits on retail stores, among other provisions. There has been an estimated 31% decline in cases in Alabama over the past two weeks, with a 27% dip in virus-related deaths and a 44% drop in hospitalizations.

“As of Tues., AL has seen the lowest avg for daily new #COVID19 cases & hospitalizations since June. Y’all, this is definitely an
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