Alabama to Require Face Masks as Coronavirus Surges in State

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama will begin requiring face masks in public as health officials try to quell a surge of new coronavirus cases that are filling up hospitals.

Gov. Kay Ivey’s office announced the rule on Wednesday, a day after the state reported a pandemic-high of 40 deaths in a single day.

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Officials say masks will be required starting Thursday afternoon for anyone older than 6 who’s in public and within 6 feet of someone who’s not a relative.

There are exceptions, including for people with certain medical conditions, exercising and some work activities.

Ivey previously called a statewide mask order almost unenforceable.