Members of the Tuscaloosa City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to enact a citywide ordinance that requires residents to wear face coverings in any public place. The ordinance, which goes into effect on Monday, July 6, will be in effect for 30 days.

In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s July Fourth celebrations in Tuscaloosa won’t be the same as in years past. That said, residents will still be able to enjoy watching fireworks on Independence Day.

On June 11, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox amended an executive order originally issued on March 13 to extend the non-payment grace period for city utilities. The amended order extends this grace period for another 60 days until September 30, 2020. 

Since our first confirmed COVID-19 case on March 13, the City of Tuscaloosa’s focus has been to protect the health of our citizens and the capacity of DCH Health Systems. The City has risen to the occasion and our fatalities, confirmed cases, and inpatient COVID-19 patients have remained well below the major cities in Alabama. Each of you made sacrifices to protect your community and together, you have earned this opportunity to begin reclaiming your life.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has issued an executive order requiring face coverings in all City-owned and -operated facilities, effective Friday, June 5 at 5 p.m.

The City of Tuscaloosa will host the 2020 Household Hazardous Waste Disposal day on Saturday, June 6 from 8 a.m. until noon at its Public Safety Logistics building located at 3311 Kauloosa Avenue. 

While the city, the state, and the country have been focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, another important event has been occurring seemingly unnoticed. The 2020 Census launched on Apr. 1, continuing the constitutional mandate that every ten years the federal government counts the people residing in the country. The results of the Census provide the federal government with the ability to fairly determine federal grant funding to states and local governments, with over $675B to disburse. 

In late January of 2020, city officials in Tuscaloosa began monitoring and planning for a potential pandemic that was beginning to catch the attention of news outlets across the world. The quick transmission and international spread indicated an urgent need for preparation, even with the only known U.S. case being in the extreme northwest. 

On March 13, the first case of COVID-19 was documented in Alabama, and the City of Tuscaloosa moved from planning to action, as coronavirus's spread to Tuscaloosa appeared imminent. 

Residents who have questions about the COVID-19 pandemic and Tuscaloosa – now is the time to submit your questions to Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox. The mayor will be holding a virtual town hall live to discuss COVID-19 efforts in the city on Wednesday, Apr. 8 at 3 p.m.

In recent town halls, Maddox and other city officials have answered questions from the public about the city’s response and precautions taken during the coronavirus pandemic.

To submit a question, visit Tuscaloosa.com/COVID19. To view the virtual town hall, go to the City of Tuscaloosa’s official Facebook page.

As cases of COVID-19 are identified and treated in Tuscaloosa, first responders, medical professionals, food service workers and city-wide essential personnel have gone above and beyond to provide crucial services to keep our city running as safely and as smoothly as possible.  To honor these workers during this unprecedented time, Mayor Walt Maddox is asking residents, local businesses, churches and local colleges and universities to join together in an effort to recognize these local heroes. 

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