MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — Gov. Kay Ivey extended Alabama’s Safer at Home order to July 31 in a press conference Tuesday, around a month after the last conference.
No new restrictions will be put in place, partially due to the difficulty in enforcing policies like a mandatory mask order.
“Dr. Harris and I could order you to wear a mask, but it would be next to impossible to enforce, but you know, you shouldn’t have to order somebody to do something (that) is just in your own self-interest and better the folks that you care about,” Ivey said.
In her written proclamation, Ivey also said bringing back stricter measures like the previous stay-at-home order would not be sustainable.
“Widescale business closures and stay-at-home orders carry significant costs,” she wrote. “They impede business investment and expansion. They reduce tax revenues that fund vital public services. And most importantly, they prevent working people from supporting their families. In many ways, public health can suffer as the economy suffers.”
However, if the pandemic worsens, Ivey did say she would “reverse course” and bring back these restrictions. As such, she urged Alabamians to take responsibility for their health.
State Health Officer Scott Harris also said things are not looking good, with more than 750 Alabamians being hospitalized as of Tuesday.
“This is not the time to let our guard down,” State Health Officer Scott Harris said.