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Ivey: Biden request will not change mask mandate end

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey this week urged people to wear masks in public after the statewide mask...
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey this week urged people to wear masks in public after the statewide mask mandate expires next month.(Source: WSFA 12 News)
Updated: Mar. 29, 2021 at 9:35 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says the state’s mask mandate will end April 9 despite the president’s request for states to reinstate them.

Ivey spokeswoman Gina Maiola said Monday that we are moving towards personal responsibility and not government mandates.

President Joe Biden and a top health official on Monday appealed for mask requirements and other restrictions to be maintained or restored to stave off a “fourth surge” of COVID-19.

Alabama has kept a mask mandate in place longer than surrounding states, but Ivey has made clear it will not be extended.

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