Decatur City Council set to discuss local mask order

Updated: Apr. 5, 2021 at 7:52 AM CDT
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DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) - As Alabama’s mask order is set to end Friday, April 9, the Decatur City Council members have a similar decision on their hands. At Monday’s city council meeting they’ll discus what to do with Decatur’s local mask order.

WAFF 48′s Madison Scarpino talked with Decatur City Council President Jacob Ladner, he said the council needs to make a decision before the state order ends on Friday.

For a decision to be made on the mask order Monday night, the city council would need a unanimous vote for immediate consideration. If that happens, they can vote to repeal with a simple majority vote.

If all city council members do not agree to immediate consideration, the council would then have to schedule a special called meeting for later in the week to address the issue.

Mayor Tab Bowling told WAFF 48 he hopes the council decides to end the mask order on April 9 with the state, but trusts whatever the city council decides.

If the mask order ends, business owners in Decatur would be left to decide whether or not to require masks in their business.

WAFF 48′s news partners at the Decatur Daily talked to several business owners, managers and customers about what they plan to do.

Charles Christopher, the manager at Martin’s Family Clothing, said they won’t require masks to be worn by customers but employees will keep wearing them.

Melinda Collier, the owner of Pineapples, said her staff won’t be wearing masks once the order expires but will be open to wearing them if a customer asks.

Linda Collier, no relation to Melinda Collier, was browsing at Pineapples and said she is not so sure lifting a mask mandate is the right thing to do at this time. She said people need to still use caution because there is no magic date for when to stop wearing them.

Melinda Jones, the owner of Second Read Books, said she’ll keep wearing hers as the numbers get better.

For more from local Decatur business owners, managers and customers you can find the full story on the Decatur Daily.

Morgan County has continued to see their new COVID-19 case numbers drop. At the beginning of 2021 the 7 day average for new cases was 73, as of April 4 it’s just 3.

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