It’s not time to put your mask away yet.
The Selma City Council Tuesday voted to extend the mask ordinance and the curfew until May 14. The vote comes after Gov. Kay Ivey converted the state’s mask mandate to a recommendation.
“We’re still not out of the woods with this virus,” Selma Mayor James Perkins Jr. told the council. “I ask the council to be of one accord when it comes to the safety of the people.”
Procedures required the council to suspend its rules to consider approving the resolution Tuesday, and the council voted to do so. When the vote was taken, Councilmen Clay Carmichael and Troy Harvill voted against the resolution. “I think it’s too restrictive,” Carmichael said.
Perkins called a press conference last week to announce that he planned to bring a resolution to the council with more restrictions than the state required. The state resolution allows cities to enact stricter requirements but not fewer restrictions than the state allows, City Attorney Major Madison Jr. told the council Tuesday.
The Selma resolution extends the mask mandate and curfew through May 14. The Selma resolution mandates that people maintain six feet of distance, but it does not set a limit of persons in a home or business.
The cities of Montgomery and Birmingham passed similar ordinances last week.