PRICHARD Ala, (WALA) -- Prichard Mayor Jimmie Gardner has issued a mandatory curfew for the city effective Sunday.

The curfew will be in effect from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. The order follows a voluntary curfew that Gardner asked citizens to follow last week.

In a statement, the mayor wrote, "Given the troubling growth in COVID-19 infections, health department statistics, and the Governor’s stay-at-home order, I am upgrading the voluntary request to a mandatory order.”

Gardner is asking people to follow the statewide stay-at-home order from Gov. Ivey. He is also urging everyone to wear a mask or facial coverings if they need to go out in public.

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