Governor revises ‘Safer At Home’ order to allow more businesses to open

Published 4:01 pm Friday, May 8, 2020

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Governor Kay Ivey on Friday issued an amended Safer at Home Order to be applied Statewide. The order which includes an expanded list of items to reopen will be effective Monday, May 11, and will expire on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5 p.m.

The governor’s “Safer At Home” order was initiated last week, but will be updated to allow additional businesses to re-open.

Among the updates in the revised order is removing a limitation on public gatherings, which had been set to 10 people. However, social distancing of 6 feet between people from different households remains.

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Restaurants, bars and breweries may open with limited seating and 6 feet between tables as well as other meeting other sanitation guidelines.

Athletic facilities such as fitness centers and gyms may re-open, also subject to social distancing and sanitation guidelines.

Those who provide close-contact services, such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons and tatoo services may also open subject to social distancing and sanitation guidelines.

Alabama’s beaches will also open with no limit on gatherings so long as individuals maintain 6 feet of separation.

Governor Ivey’s order still encourages people to stay at home and follow previous sanitation practices.

Retail stores will remain open subject to 50 percent occupancy as well as maintaining social distancing and sanitation rules.

Remaining closed will be entertainment venues such as theaters, bowling alleys and night clubs.

Medical procedures are allowed unless prohibited in the future by the State Health Officer to preserve resources necessary to diagnose and treat COVID-19; providers must follow COVID-19-related rules and guidance from state regulatory boards or public health authorities

Regular programming for senior citizen centers remain suspended except meals still available through curbside pick-up or delivery.

Educational institutions are to remain closed to in-person instruction except for daytime special activities programs.

Child care facilities are open, but must not allow 12 or more children in a room.

Hospital and nursing homes will maintain policies to restrict visitation.

For more details on the Safer At Home Order, follow these links: