Centreville, Alabama Police Department Issues Mask Mandate for Officers as Community COVID-19 Cases Climb
A West Alabama police department is once again requiring its officers to wear masks to prevent the transmission of the novel Coronavirus.
The Centreville Police Department announced its plans Monday, detailing the reasons why officers will be participating in the mask mandate.
"This means that our officers will be wearing mask while in contact with the public, anyone needing to make or get a report from our office, also we will limit the number of people in the office. We do ask that any person entering our office to please wear a mask. We will still answer all calls, if we can get the information via phone conversation, that may be applied. This is for the safety of our officers and citizens," the statement read.
"This decision was discussed with office personnel due to this is a major adjustment from what we were doing. The main objective is safety concerns for the citizens and staff of our police department," the department said.
The highly contagious Delta variant of the novel Coronavirus continues to spread within the state. DCH Regional Health System recently changed its visitation policy due to a surge in COVID-19 inpatients; as of Monday afternoon, the healthcare provider was treating 52 inpatients--an increase of over 400% in one week.