City of Huntsville dropping masking requirements for vaccinated people Monday

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Starting Monday, people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not have to wear masks or practice social distancing in city buildings or offices.

The city said Friday the decision mirrors newly issued guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which stated it is safe for vaccinated people to not wear face coverings indoors in most cases.

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated will be asked to continue to wear a face covering and stay 6 feet apart from others while visiting or working in city offices.

“This is a sign that hopefully we are moving beyond the pandemic and getting back to a sense of normalcy,” Mayor Tommy Battle said in a statement. “I strongly encourage anyone who has not been vaccinated to do so as soon as you can.”

The announcement came the same day that the Alabama Department of Public Health reported an increase in positive COVID cases. The increase came after the agency processed two separate backlogs from two large facilities in the state over the past three to four days. According to ADPH, these are historic and not recent cases.

The ADPH Dashboard shows almost a 4,000 case increase for the state and 300 cases in Madison County.

Vaccines can be obtained through the Madison County Health Department, Huntsville Hospital or a variety of private providers.

Vaccine appointments information can be found at the Huntsville Hospital website, ALCOVIDVaccine.gov or vaccines.gov.

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