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Montgomery may require the wearing of masks due to COVID-19

Montgomery might become the latest Alabama city to require the wearing of face masks in public as the city deals with rising COVID-19 cases. Coronavirus cases in Alabama's capitol city are reportedly up by 38% since last week, and COVID-19 deaths have increased by 27% since a week ago. Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed says that the proposal may be brought to the city council as soon as Tuesday. Birmingham currently has an ordinance requiring face masks in public. The Birmingham City Council on Friday voted to extend the face mask ordinance through June 12. State Health Officer Scott Harris says there is evidence of community spread instead of cases being linked to a singular location, like a nursing home, or an event.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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