MOBILE, Ala. (WALA)-- Along with a stay at home order, a curfew is now in place for Mobile.
For days Mayor Sandy Stimpson has said a "stay at home order" wasn't necessary, but he felt Friday was the day it needed to be done.
The announcement came just hours before Governor Kay Ivey issued the statewide stay at home order.
Mayor Stimpson says the city order better defines who can go to work and what activities you can do outside.
Starting Saturday night most Mobilians must be home by 10:00 p.m. and stay there until 5:00 a.m.
The mayor says many factors went into the decision including seeing more and more people going to the hospital with respiratory problems and the surge in emergency calls for symptomatic people.
"It became apparent now is the time to pull the trigger. You put that on top of information that we have internally that this week we had 39 runs for our paramedics to go to answer calls of people who were symptomatic or having breathing respiratory problems,” said Mayor Stimpson.
It’s taking a toll on Mobile’s first responders, with the first Mobile police officer confirmed to have the virus.
“Over 800 first responders have been tested so far for the antibodies. 10 positive results out of the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department, 23 positive results out of the Mobile Police Department,” said James Barber, Director of Public Safety for Mobile.
Mayor Stimpson says this order should not be taken lightly.
He's now working with the city council to enforce ticketing people who are not following the curfew.
“A policeman has the right and the authority and the direction to pull you over and ask you ‘where are you going?’”
Some Mobilians say the new order and curfew won’t be changing much when it comes to their new normal, but believe it’s absolutely necessary.
“People are not taking it seriously. I think it’s really important that the government has stepped up and said hey people you need to stay home,” said Sarah Eiland.
The stay at home order and curfew runs through April 30th.
There are many exceptions including for the homeless.
More details can be found on the PDF below.
Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson has issued a stay-at-home order for the City of Mobile.
He also announced a curfew for the city from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. beginning tomorrow, April 4 through April 30th.
According to Stimpson, the move was something his administration had been considering for several days but, "it's only now that we feel like we've gotten all the information we need to do this in the proper fashion."
The announcement was made on his Twitter page.