Alabama Governor to End Mask Mandate by April

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  • Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced Thursday that she will extend the state's mask mandate through April 9, after which the mandate will be lifted
  • Ivey said the extension was to give businesses enough time to draft out their own policies
  • However, she urged residents to continue to wear face masks, even though it will no longer be mandated
  • The extended "Safer at Home" order will allow restaurants and bars to operate without party size limits
  • The state's public health emergency proclamation now expires May 7