HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — An Alabama jail has refused to give inmates face masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, citing safety concerns.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office said inmates could harm themselves or others with the masks with the metal nose pieces, by tying them together to make ropes or worse.
A health order requires residents in Madison County to wear a mask in public, but that does not apply to the jail.
“Jails will have, as part of their mitigation plans for COVID-19, their own guidance regarding the wearing of face coverings or masks,” Madison County Health Officer Karen Landers said.
A jailer recently tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting Sheriff Kevin Turner to require employees at the jail to wear masks, AL.com reported.
The sheriff said no inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus.
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