BIRMINGHAM CITY COUNCL VOTES TO EXTEND FACE COVERING ORDINANCE UNTIL JUNE 12
PRESS RELEASE Friday, May 29, 2020
Contact: Kim Garner
During a special-called meeting on Friday, the Birmingham City Council voted to extend the city’s face covering ordinance until Friday, June 12, while also reducing fines and eliminating the possibility of being arrested for noncompliance.
According to the ordinance, there will be a $25 fine for the first offense, $100 for the second, and $250 for the third offense, although Council President William Parker said he does not believe it will get to that point.
Councilor Crystal Smitherman has advocated for these changes since the Council first passed the face covering order on April 28. “I know I had issues with the original language that threatened up to 30 days in jail for not wearing a face covering,” Smitherman said. “I want to personally say thank you to the citizens of Birmingham because I’ve been encouraged by how many people I’ve seen wearing face coverings in public.”
President Parker said the Council has been in constant communication with Jefferson County health officials as well as the Mayor’s office in regards to the safety measures being taken by the City. Health officials will be giving an update to the Council during Tuesday’s meeting.
“When we look at the numbers, we see that they are still going up. We’re still very much in this fight and my colleagues and I are in total agreement that this is not a time to relax our efforts,” Parker said. “We are going to continue monitoring the situation and will consider extending the face covering ordinance until we believe it is safe. This is about educating the public. We want every single citizen to realize the importance of wearing a face covering while in public and we believe this ordinance is helping to accomplish that.”
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