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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:

Entertainment venues

• Night clubs

• Bowling alleys

• Arcades

• Concert venues

• Theaters, auditoriums and performing arts centers

• Tourist attractions, including museums and planetariums

• Racetracks

• Indoor children’s play areas

• Adult entertainment venues

• Casinos

• 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

Retail stores

• 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.