From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY – Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has extended the state’s mask order until Dec. 11 while restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues may resume full capacity on Sunday. The Safer at Home order was set to expire on Sunday at 5 p.m.
Ivey announced the extension during a Thursday press conference in Montgomery.
The new order, which will go into play at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8 will and be in place until Dec. 11, will offer a few new details, including the removal of emergency occupancy rates for gyms, retailers and entertainment venues. Face coverings will still be required in schools and in public when interacting within six feet with people of another household.
“We’ll be rolling back restrictions based on occupancy rate,” said Ivey. “This should be welcome news as we get ready for the upcoming holiday season, which is so important for local retail.”
“Retailers can resume normal occupancy and operations as long as they continue to wear masks and follow guidelines. Restaurants and close-contact providers can increase occupancy as long as you have plexiglass or some kind of divider and patrons wear masks,” she continued.