Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a statewide mask order, AL.com is reporting.
The order states a face covering must be worn in public when in close contact with other people. Specifically, it stipulates Alabamians must wear a mask when within 6 feet of a person from another household; in an indoor space open to the public; a vehicle operated by a transportation service such as Uber; or an outdoor public space where 10 or more people are gathered, the newspaper reports.
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Louisiana's mask mandate started Monday.
About half of America's states have some type of mask mandate, including California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.
Here's a website that keeps up with mandates across the country, if you'd like to check it out.
This past weekend on Face the Nation, the U.S. Surgeon General said the country could get a handle on COVID in about 2-3 weeks if people would wear masks as asked.
"The disease course is about two to three weeks. So just as we've seen cases skyrocket, we can turn this thing around in two to three weeks if we can get a critical mass of people wearing face coverings, practicing at least six feet of social distancing, doing the things that we know are effective. And it's important for the American people to understand when we're talking about the fall, we have the ability to turn that around very quickly if people will do the right thing," Surgeon General Jerome Adams said.
To see the full transcript of his interview, click here.