MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - All of Montgomery County is now under a curfew, Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean announced Thursday.
Dean made the announcement during a joint press conference involving Town of Pike Road Mayor Gordon Stone, Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed, Commissioner Dean, and Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham.
The curfew will go into effect Thursday night. It will last from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. and will go on indefinitely.
Last week, Mayor Reed announced a curfew for the city of Montgomery.
Dean says the curfew comes in a response to seeing that citizens were not taking Montgomery’s curfew seriously.
“We want to make sure that all of the people are safe,” said Dean.
“This is an opportunity to promote and encourage the self-discipline and behavior that brings about the quickest end to this ongoing challenge,” said Stone.
The curfew not only looks out for citizens for Montgomery County but first responders as well.
“We are imposing this curfew not only to protect the citizens of Montgomery County but also to protect our first responders who continue to serve and protect our community each day,” said Dean.
Several other municipalities in central Alabama have announced curfews.
At this time, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said she is not ready to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order. Instead, all non-work-related gatherings of 10 or more persons, or gatherings of 10 or more persons that cannot maintain a 6-foot distance are being advised against.
State officials opened a toll-free number for people who develop symptoms and need to be tested. For more on how to get tested, you can call 1-888-264-2256. This is not a medical helpline.