Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox told parents this morning to use good judgment in deciding whether to mask their children returning to school this week. The Tuscaloosa City schools are requiring masks, but masks remain optional for Tuscaloosa County students.

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Mayor Maddox reiterated that masks do help. Maddox encouraged citizens to get vaccinated, pointing out the overwhelming number of people diagnosed with the COVID Delta variant who were not vaccinated.

The mayor discussed a morning op-ed news piece recommending that anyone going to Alabama football games is vaccinated and prove a negative COVID test. Maddox called the idea impossible to enforce. The mayor does not expect a mask mandate for Tuscaloosa. He clearly wants more people vaccinated. He is accepting a Hospital Association challenge to get 20% more people in Tuscaloosa vaccinated by Labor Day.

The mayor also said he is enjoying his new podcast. Maddox jokingly said he is preparing for a future role on a Tuscaloosa morning radio show.

Hear the Mayor’s comments on the 953 Bear Steve Shannon Morning Radio Show here.


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