Alabama's stay-at-home order is expiring April 30 at 5 p.m., but the state isn't allowing businesses to throw open doors for residents just yet.
In an announcement at 11 a.m. this morning, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said the state can begin reopening, but it’s important to do so slowly and maintain current Alabama Department of Public Health guidelines.
Restaurants and hair salons are remaining closed, but retail stores can open and elective medical procedures can continue.
Churches will remain closed for the time-being, but residents are encouraged to worship with their church via web streaming, TV or radio airing. Drive-in services are permitted.
The full rules are below:
SAFER AT HOME: Goes into effect April 30 at 5 p.m. and expires May 15
- NEW UPDATES:
- Individuals: Encouraged to stay home and follow good sanitation practices
- Employers: Businesses may open subject to sanitation and social-distancing guidelines; certain higher-risk businesses and activities remain closed
- Retail stores: All retail stores can open, but are required to keep to a 50% occupancy rate, along with social distancing and sanitation rules
- Beaches: Will be open. Gatherings of 10 people or more are not allowed, and people must maintain a 6-foot distance
- Medical procedures: Providers must follow COVID-19-related rules and guidance from state regulatory boards or public health authorities
- WHAT’S STAYING THE SAME:
- Non-work gatherings: Still limited to fewer than 10 people with a 6-foot distance between people. “Drive-in” gatherings are permitted if participants stay in cars with people from their own households.
- Senior citizen centers: Regular programming still suspended. Meals still available.
- 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
- Hospitals and nursing homes: Still must implement policies to restrict visitation
- Restaurants, bars and breweries: Still limited to take-out, curbside or delivery
- STILL CLOSED:
- Entertainment venues (night clubs, theaters, bowling, etc.)
- Athletic facilities and activities (fitness centers, gyms)
- Close-contact service providers (barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo services, etc.)