Montgomery County drops curfew, effective immediately

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Montgomery County Commission has followed the lead of Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed in ending its curfew, effective immediately.

Reed announced an indefinite curfew that had been in place from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. as of March 27 as a way of fighting the spread of COVID-19 among crowds. The county quickly followed suit.

Reed, who used an executive order to make facial masks a requirement in groups of 10 or more people, dropped the city’s curfew mandate on Saturday after talking it over with city council members. At Tuesday’s city council meeting, business owners voiced their concerns about the curfew, saying it was not being enforced fairly.

A spokesperson for the commission said “now that businesses are open and the City of Montgomery has lifted its curfew, the Montgomery County Commission felt it was best to lift the county’s curfew.”

Despite the curfew being raised, the commission is still asking residents to “follow the safety guidelines from the CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health by wearing face coverings while in public, practicing physical distancing, and following good sanitation practices.”

While the county commission doesn’t have the authority to mandate the use of face masks, it is still asking businesses to make them a requirement for customers coming into their facilities.

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