In an address to the state on Wednesday, Gov. Kay Ivey extended Alabama's mask ordinance through Aug. 31.

The order, which was originally set to expire on July 31, will now also require school employees and students in grade 2 and above to wear face coverings on campus. 

"Y'all, we must be vigilant if we are going to get our kids back in school and keep our economy open," Ivey said. "Wearing a mask can't hurt, but it sure can help."

Ivey first issued the mandatory mask order on July 15, which requires anyone over the age of six to wear face coverings in public or while interacting with others not of the same household. 

The order allows exceptions for people with certain medical conditions, or for those who are exercising, administering or receiving medical treatment that would require a mask to be removed. 

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