Gov. Kay Ivey's mask mandate requiring masks in public places is scheduled to end Friday. But it will be a mixed bag in the local community, with some organizations continuing masking requirements even though the mandate has ended. 

In city and county government, masks will be optional when the mandate ends. 

Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar said masks in city offices will be optional from Friday forward. She said they will still be encouraged but not required. 

Marshall County Commission Chairman James Hutcheson had similar comments about masks at the Marshall County Courthouse going forward. 

"I'm going to follow what Gov. Ivey says as I normally do," he said. "We will not be requiring masks in the courthouse anymore and we will not be furnishing masks anymore. Wearing a mask will be a personal choice after the mandate is lifted on Friday."

Marshall Medical Systems is expected to continue requiring masks in its facilities. 

The school systems are expected to continue to require masks of teachers, students and visitors, at least for now.  

So will the Lake Guntersville Chamber of Commerce. 

"In the Chamber office, we will continue to require masks, practice social distancing, and offer hand sanitizer to guests," Chamber President Morri Yancy said. "We will begin to slowly move forward with events. The first event will be the Administrative Professionals’ Luncheon on April 21. We will practice the same rules at this event as we do in the Chamber office. As we move forward with other events we will assess the current pandemic level and work with the sponsors and cooperate with their current policies."

The Whole Backstage board was expected to meet this week to discuss how it will handle the issue for the upcoming show, "Love in the Country," which opens next week. It appears they may have something of a hybrid distancing plan in place with spaces between different parties inside the theatre. 

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