BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Birmingham on Friday extended its shelter-in-place order through the end of April, with Mayor Randall Woodfin warning that city parks would also close if residents didn’t comply with the restrictions.
“Hunker down in month of April. Be intentional and enforce social distancing guidelines,” Woodfin said during the Friday morning council meeting, according to AL.com.
The initial order — approved by the City Council on March 24 — ran until Friday and called on residents only to travel for essential purposes such as work, grocery shopping and appointments with doctors. The order now goes until April 30.
The extension came as the number of coronavirus cases in Alabama climbed to more than 1,300. There have been 34 COVID-19 deaths reported to the state; health officials have so far confirmed 21 of them.