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Marshall County sheriff encourages residents to wear a mask

Sheriff Phil Sims said residents would not be arrested for not wearing a mask.

MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — The Marshall County sheriff released a video encouraging residents to wear a face-covering while in public in response to a statewide order requiring them to be worn.

Sheriff Phil Sims said residents would not be arrested for not wearing a mask. He said the office will be taking an educational approach, informing residents why it is important in order to keep them and their community safe.

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"With the numbers still rising, I prefer to lead by example with common sense and encourage the citizens of Marshall County to wear a face-covering that you're comfortable with not only to protect yourself, but to help to protect others," said Sims.

On Wednesday, Gov. Kay Ivey announced a statewide order mandating that people are to wear a mask when in public. The order goes into effect on July 16 at 5 p.m. and will be in place until the end of July at the least.

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