COVID-19: All ‘non-essential’ businesses to close
Gov. Kay Ivey and Alabama Department of Public Health officials announced today the closure of all non-essential businesses statewide because of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the state.
According to the ADPH, there have been 571 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.
The announced closure by Ivey and the ADPH is effective tomorrow, March 28, at 5 p.m. until April 17.
According to the order, all non-work related gatherings of 10 persons or more, or non-work related gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent 6-foot distance between persons, are prohibited. To go, or curbside pick ups at local restaurants who are offering the services aren’t affected by the order.
The following non-essential businesses, venues and activities are closed to non employees or not take place, according to the order:
• Night clubs
• Bowling alleys
• Concert venues
• Theaters, auditoriums and performing arts centers
• Tourist attractions, including museums and planetariums
• Indoor children’s play areas
• Adult entertainment venues
• Bingo halls
• Venues operated by social clubs
Athletic facilities and activities
• Fitness centers and commercial gyms
• Spas and public or commercial swimming pools
• Yoga, barre and spin facilities
• Spectator sports
• Sports that involved interaction with another person of closer than 6 feet
• Activities that require use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment
Close contact service providers
• Barber shops
• Hair salons
• Wasing salons
• Threading salons
• Nail salons and spas
• Body-art facilities and tattoo services
• Tanning salons
• Massage-therapy, services
• Furniture and home-furnishing stores
• Clothing, shoe and clothing-accessory stores
• Jewelry, luggage and leather goods stores
• Department stores
• Sporting goods stores
• Book, craft and music stores
On March 26, Ivey and state education officials announced the closure of public and private K-12 schools for the remainder of the current school year, and enacted alternative means of learning for students.