Mask order extended until March 5

Published 11:16 am Thursday, January 21, 2021

Gov. Kay Ivey today announced the extension of the current statewide mask order until Fri., March 5, 2021, at 5 p.m.

Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order.

Masks in schools – Masks required in schools and colleges, where possible, for employees and students in second grade and above

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Masks – Masks required in public when interacting within 6 feet with people of another household, subject to certain exceptions

Entertainment venues, such as arcades, theaters and bowling alleys – May open subject to social distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

Athletic activities – Allowed subject to social distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

Educational institutions – May open subject to social distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

Child day care facilities – May open subject to social distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

Summer camp – May open subject to social distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

Individuals – Encouraged to stay home and follow good sanitation practices

Employers – Businesses may open subject to sanitation and social distancing guidelines

Retail stores – May open subject to social distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

Hospitals and nursing homes – Subject to restrictions, patients and residents will be allowed visits from one caregiver or one visitor at a time

Medical procedures – Allowed unless prohibited in the future by the State Health Officer to preserve resources necessary to diagnose and treat COVID-19; providers must follow COVID-19-related rules and guidance from state regulatory boards or public health authorities

SENIOR CITIZEN CENTERS – Regular programming still suspended except meals still available through curbside pick-up or delivery

NON-WORK GATHERINGS – Still required to maintain 6 feet of distance between persons not from same household

RESTAURANTS, BARS AND BREWERIES – May open with limited table seating, 6 feet between tables and subject to additional sanitation rules and guidelines

ATHLETIC FACILITIES (SUCH AS FITNESS CENTERS AND COMMERCIAL GYMS) – Athletic facilities may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

CLOSE-CONTACT SERVICE PROVIDERS – Close-contact service providers (such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo services) may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

BEACHES – Open with no limit on gatherings. Must maintain 6 feet of separation.