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Mobile, Tuscaloosa join Alabama cities requiring face masks

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Mobile and Tuscaloosa have joined the short list of Alabama cities requiring face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Tuscaloosa City Council members unanimously approved a mask requirement during a meeting Tuesday. . The Mobile City Council approved a similar requirement Wednesday.

Birmingham, Montgomery and Jefferson County already have mask ordinances because of the pandemic.

Gov. Kay Ivey has declined to enact a statewide rule, saying it couldn't be enforced.

More than 38,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed statewide, and at least 947 people have died of the illness. The state on Wednesday had nearly 800 people in state hospitals with COVID-19, the highest number since the pandemic began. 

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