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City of Mobile issues stay-at-home order

The city of Mobile is telling its residents to stay at home.

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson says he has signed a stay-at-home order for the city.

“It’s something that we’ve been considering for several days, but it’s only now that we feel like we’ve gotten all of the information that we need to do this and do it in the proper fashion,” Stimpson said.

The order will include a daily 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew through April 30. During the hours of the curfew, most travel will be prohibited, with exceptions for essential public services and emergency medical treatment.

From 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. a public safety curfew will remain in effect, but there are additional exemptions for people seeking medical treatment, pharmacy services, buying food and engaging in outdoor exercise. All of the exceptions can be found in the order here.

“We need you to stay at home unless you’re considered an essential business or if you’ve been given an exclusion in this order,” Stimpson said.

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Stay at home orders across the country have allowed for outdoor solitary exercise, grocery shopping and getting take-out or delivery food from a restaurant. Residents have also been allowed to seek medical care and go to pharmacies and stores for household goods.

The city of Birmingham extended its stay-at-home order Friday morning until April 30.

Stimpson said the order was devised in collaboration with the Mobile County Department of Public Health. More details will be available soon.

Gov. Kay Ivey has so far not issued a statewide stay-at-home order, but she is holding a press conference Friday at 4 p.m. with Attorney General Steve Marshall and State Health Officer Scott Harris.

Updated guidelines are expected at the press conference.

As of Friday afternoon, Mobile County has reported 84 positive cases of the virus, but city officials and hospitals in the area have had difficulty rolling out mass testing for the virus.

Statewide there are more than 1,400 confirmed cases and 34 reported deaths.

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Chip Brownlee is a former political reporter, online content manager and webmaster at the Alabama Political Reporter. He is now a reporter at The Trace, a non-profit newsroom covering guns in America.

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