Governor Ivey announces COVID-19 public health order, state of emergency to end

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey this week urged people to wear masks in public after the statewide mask...
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey this week urged people to wear masks in public after the statewide mask mandate expires next month.(Source: WSFA 12 News)
Updated: May. 3, 2021 at 2:14 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WAFF) - Governor Kay Ivey announced Alabama’s COVID-19 public health order will end May 31 and the state of emergency will end July 6.

“For over a year now, Alabamians, like people around the globe, have made sacrifices and adjusted to a temporary ‘new normal.’ We have learned much since last year, and this is absolutely now a managed pandemic. Our infection rates and hospitalizations are in better shape, and over 1.5 million Alabamians have had at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Governor Ivey said. “Alabamians have consistently stepped up to the plate over the course of this pandemic, and I know they will continue to do so. I am pleased that we have shown the rest of the country that we are gritty and determined. We are signaling loud and clear that Alabama is open, and we are moving forward.”

Although the current Safer Apart order consists primarily of recommendations aligned with CDC guidance, there are specific guidelines for two groups.

Senior Citizen Centers must continue to follow guidelines issued by the Alabama Department of Senior Services, while hospitals and nursing homes must follow current guidance from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The two remaining requirements should be lifted with the expiration of this order on May 31.

“As we approach the fourteenth month of this pandemic, we are pleased that two-thirds of Alabama residents age 65 and older have been vaccinated. While some barriers such as transportation remain, more than 1,300 providers in the state are administering safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in communities throughout the state,” said State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris.

Alabamians ages 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Governor Ivey urges Alabamians to get vaccinated.

“Look, I have been vaccinated. I believe in the science, believe that it works and have confidence in it. So, like I said, I have been fully vaccinated, and I will live like I have been fully vaccinated. Similar to when we ended the mask requirement, this final extension gives all Alabama health care providers, businesses and individuals adequate time to make preparations,” said Governor Ivey.

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