MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WRBL) – Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has announced a stair-step approach to re-opening Alabama’s economy. The Safer at Home order goes into effect on April 30th at 5 p.m. and expires May 15th. The current Stay at Home order is still in effect until 5 p.m April 30th, when it will expire and transition into the Safer at Home order.
Highlights of plan are listed below:
Encouraged to stay home and follow good sanitation practices
Businesses may open subject to sanitation and social-distancing guidelines; certain higher-risk
businesses and activities remain closed
All retail stores open subject to 50% occupancy rate, social-distancing and sanitation rules
BEACHES Open except no gatherings of 10 persons or more and people must maintain 6 feet of separation. Frequently Asked Questions about Beaches can be found at this link.
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
WHAT’S STAYING THE SAME:
Still limited to fewer than 10 persons with 6 feet of distance between persons. “Drive-in” gatherings still permitted if participants stay in cars with people from their own households.
SENIOR CITIZEN CENTERS
Regular programming still suspended except meals still available through curbside pick-up or delivery
Still closed to in-person instruction (except for daytime special activities programs)
CHILD DAY CARE FACILITIES
Still must not allow 12 or more children in a room
HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES
Still must implement policies to restrict visitation
RESTAURANTS, BARS AND BREWERIES
Still limited to take-out, curbside or delivery
— Entertainment venues (such as night clubs, theaters, bowling alleys)
— Athletic facilities and activities (such as fitness centers and commercial gyms)
— Close-contact service providers (such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo services)