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What can stay open? What has to close? A statewide rule rundown



Here’s a list of which types of businesses are affected by the Alabama Department of Public Health’s closure of nonessential businesses from 5 p.m. March 28 to April 17, along with a rundown of businesses still allowed to operate.

Nonessential businesses required to close

  •  Entertainment venues
    • Night clubs
    • Bowling alleys
    •  Arcades
    • Concert venues
    •  Theaters
    •  Auditoriums
    • Performing arts centers and events
    • Tourist attractions (including museums, galleries and planetariums)
    • Historical Sites
    •  Parades
    •  Racetracks
    • Indoor children’s play areas
    • Adult entertainment venues
    • Adult gaming and entertainment venues
    •  Casinos
    • Bingo halls
    • Pool halls
    • Venues operated by social clubs
    • Fraternities and sorority meetings and events
    • Proms, formals and other similar events
  • 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 involve interaction with another person of closer than 6 feet
    • Activities that require the use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment
    • Activities on commercial or public playground equipment
  • Close-contact service providers
    • Barber shops
    • Salons (waxing, threading, hair, nail)
    •  Spas
    • Body-art facilities and tattoo services
    • Massage-therapy establishments and massage services
  • Retail stores
    • Furniture and home-furnishings stores
    • Clothing, shoe and clothing accessory stores
    • Jewelry, luggage and leather goods stores
    • Department stores
    • Sporting goods stores
    • Hobby, book, craft and music stores
    • Florists

Businesses allowed to remain open include:

  • Attorneys
  • Architects and engineers
  • Automotive service and sales
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Body shops
  • Car washes
  •  CPAs
  •  Construction
  • Grocery stores
  • Gun stores
  • Home improvement stores
  • Home repair services (electricians, plumbers, HVAC)
  •  Hotels/motels
  • Lawn maintenance
  • Leasing offices
  •  Manufacturers
  • Medical facilities
  • Package stores (curbside)
  • Pawn shops
  • Payday lending
  •  Pharmacies
  • Real estate (showings/closings)
  • Restaurants (curbside/drive-thru)
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