Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a State of Emergency on August 13, 2021.

On Friday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) issued a "limited, narrowly-focused" state of emergency declaration to help hospitals respond to the increase in positive Covid-19 infections according to

“I want to be abundantly clear: there will be absolutely no statewide mandates, closures, or the like,” said Ivey in a press release. “This state of emergency is strategically targeted at removing bureaucracy and cutting red tape wherever we can to allow our doctors, nurses, and hospital staff to treat patients that come through their doors.”

The governor's emergency order will allow out-of-state health care professionals to practice in Alabama under temporary permits or expedited licenses. It also will allow hospitals to receive temporary waivers that will free up bed space for COVID-19 patients, among other things.

The mandate still does not include any kind of statewide mask requirement and according to Ivey, "Alabama remains open for business," and "... do not need government telling us what to do or how to do it. Unlike last year when we were hoping for a miracle, our greatest weapon against covid-19 today is the vaccine, so, if you can, roll up your sleeve and get the shot."

Alabama is currently battling 4,000 new cases reported Friday, according to The state had 2,430 hospitalized patients as of Friday.

Ivey is the latest Republican governor of a Southern state to reject a statewide mask mandate, alongside Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

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