Ivey issues amended, expanded safer-at-home order

Published 11:41 am Friday, May 8, 2020

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Gov. Kay Ivey announced today that the current Safer-at-Home order has been amended and expanded during a press conference at the state capitol.

The order, which incldues an expanded list of items to reopen, will be effective Mon., May 11, 2020, at 5 p.m. and will expire on May 22, 2020, at 5 p.m.

The amended safer-at-home order includes:

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• Non-work gatherings – Removing the 10-person limit, but still requiring 6-feet of distance between persons not from the same household;

• Restaurants, bars and breweris – May open with limited table seating, 6-feet between tables and subject to additional sanitation rules and guidelines;

• Athletic facilities, such as fitness centers and commercial gyms – Athletic facilities may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines. Specified athletic activities are still not allowed;

• Close-contact service providers – Close-contact providers such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo services may open subject to social distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines; and,

• Beaches – Open with no limit on gatherings. Participants must maintain 6-feet of separation.

What’s staying the same

• Individuals – Encouraged to stay home and follow good sanitation practices;

• Employers – Businesses may open subject to sanitation and social-distancing guidelines, including certain higher-risk businesses and activities remain closed;

• Retail stores – All retail stores open subject to 50 percent occupency rate, social distancing and sanitation rules;

• Entertainment venues, such as night clubs, theaters and bowling alleys – Still closed;

• Medical procedures – 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 nad guidance from state regulatory boards or public health authorities;

• Senior citizen centers – Regular programming still suspended except meals still available through curbside pick up or delivery;

• Educational institutions – 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; and,

• Hospitals and nursing homes – Still must implement policies to restrict visitation