Alabama Mask Requirement
Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday amended Alabama’s Safer at Home Order to include a statewide mask requirement. Effective Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., each person shall wear a mask or other facial covering that covers his or her nostrils and mouth at all times when within six feet of a person from another household in any of the following places:
- An indoor space open to the general public
- A vehicle operated by a transportation service
- An outdoor public space where ten or more people are gathered
This amended order remains in effect until 5:00 p.m. on August 31, 2020, unless otherwise amended.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do kids have to wear a mask?
Children who are six years old or younger do not have to wear a mask.
Do I have to wear a mask outside?
Only in outdoor public spaces where ten or more people are gathered. Masks are not required on beaches as long as you maintain six (6) feet of social distancing from non-household members.
Do I have to wear a mask in my place of worship?
Masks are not required in places of worship. However, they are strongly encouraged.
Do I have to wear a mask when exercising?
No. However, six feet of distance still must be maintained between you and anyone from another household.
What is considered a mask or face covering?
The requirement allows all kinds of masks to be used—whether store-bought, homemade, or improvised from household items like scarves, bandanas, or t-shirts. The key is for the mask to cover your nostrils and mouth.
Do I have to wear a mask at a restaurant?
Any person while consuming food or drink, or seated at a restaurant to eat or drink, does not have to have a mask on. A mask is required when you are waiting to be seated and when you are entering the restaurant.
Do I have to wear a mask on the beach?
Masks are not required on beaches as long as you maintain six (6) feet of social distancing from non-household members.
What if I have a medical condition that prevents me from wearing a mask?
Any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents him or her from wearing a facial covering is exempt from this requirement.
Where can I go to find out more information about the state-wide mask requirement?
All of the information is listed on the Governor’s website - governor.alabama.gov.