A southeastern U.S. state that is famous for monuments to the civil rights movement is reportedly preparing to stop requiring residents to cover their noses and mouths.
Alabama is widely expected to join 16 other states in ending an order for everyone to wear a face mask across the Yellowhammer State.
An anonymous official recently told Breitbart News the Alabama Legislature could end Joe Biden’s mask mandate in a matter of days.
“A source familiar with state deliberations confirmed that as soon as Friday but definitely in the coming days,” Breitbart Washington political editor Matthew Boyle and contributor Kyle Morris reported.
“Alabama will join several other states nationwide in removing its mandate requiring masks in response to the coronavirus [CCP Virus] pandemic.”
GOP Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s office revealed she never intended to force people to wear face masks indefinitely and believes people should take charge of their own disease prevention.
“All along, Governor Ivey has made clear that she prefers personal responsibility to government mandates,” a representative said according to Boyle and Morris. “We are optimistic that our state is heading in the right direction, and we still have some work to be done. Governor Ivey will provide an update to the people of Alabama soon.”
Alabama Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth (R) previously supported immediately ending the statewide mask mandate.
“I urge Gov. Kay Ivey to immediately lift the statewide mask mandate and allow citizens and local officials the liberty to make the decisions that best fit their circumstances,” he said in a statement. “Rescinding the blanket mask order and lifting capacity restrictions and other limitations will also send the loud, clear, and unmistakable message that Alabama is once again fully open for business.”
Ainsworth believes there is no need to continue imposing this form of regulatory overreach on Alabamans.
“A statewide mask mandate is an overstep that infringes upon the property rights of business owners and the ability of individuals to make their own health decisions,” his statement reads. “It imposes a one-size-fits-all, big-government requirement on cities, towns, counties, and other areas that have low-to-moderate infection rates and little need for such a mandate.”
Ainsworth agrees the Legislature cannot continue to take responsibility for everyone’s disease prevention and suggests individuals have to start taking care of themselves.
“Individuals who wish to continue wearing masks may do so, and business owners certainly have the right to require their employees and customers to wear face coverings if they wish,” he wrote. “We can do all of these things without a Big Brother-style government mandate looming over us.”
He also recommended that residents continue to physically distance themselves from non-household members and consider whether or not to take the CCP Virus vaccine.
“Until we reach adequate vaccination and immunity levels, I encourage everyone to continue social-distancing, practicing good hygiene, and making smart decisions that affect their own health and the health of those around them,” he said.
At the time of publication, the following states had decided to remove mask mandates: Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, and Tennessee, according to local media KHOU 11.