AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - Governor Kay Ivey announced an amendment to the statewide Safer at Home health order in a press conference this morning requiring individuals to wear face coverings in public. Effective on Thursday, July 16, at 5 p.m, individuals will be required to wear a mask or other face coverings that cover their nose and mouth at all times when within six feet of another person and when in a public place, transportation vehicle and outdoor spaces with more than 10 people. 

The amendment lists several exceptions to the requirement. These exceptions include not requiring face coverings for those under the age of 6, those with medical conditions or disabilities that would prevent them from wearing a face covering as well as they not required when eating or exercising. 

Those who are performing constitutionally protected activities such as voting or practicing religious activities, as well as those whose essential job functions would be interfered by the wearing of a face covering, are not required to wear a face covering although they are still strongly encouraged to do so. 

You can view the full order and new amendment here: