Auburn, AL (EETV)- The Safer Apart Order is now in effect for the state of Alabama. This order will not require citizens to wear masks, but they are highly encouraged to wear them in public and when gathering with others.

All individuals—and especially vulnerable persons—are encouraged to exercise personal responsibility in slowing the spread of COVID-19 by:

- Maintaining six feet of separation from persons of different households.

- Wearing a mask or other facial covering at all times when within six feet of a person from another household.

- Staying home if sick.

- Washing hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces.

- Refraining from touching one’s face.

-Sneezing or coughing into a tissue, or the inside of one’s elbow.

-Disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

All employers are encouraged to take reasonable steps, where practicable as work duties permit, to protect their employees by:

- Encouraging use of masks and facial coverings;

- Maintaining six feet of separation between employees (or, alternatively, maintaining separation between employees through an impermeable partition);

-Regularly disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces;

-Encouraging handwashing; and preventing employees who are sick from coming into contact with other persons.

Jefferson, St.Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, Blount, and Walker counties have suspended certain public gatherings despite the new order. The city of Montgomery will also retain their mask mandate past the beginning of the Safer Apart Order.

For more information on the order, you can visit the state's website for more information regarding the Safer Apart Order.