Alabama’s New Safer at Home Order

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Effective: April 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. | Expiration May 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Current Stay at Home Order

Individuals: Ordered to stay at home except to meet basic needs

Employers: Businesses closed except for those that meet a critical need or pose a minimal risk; sanitation and social-distancing rules and guidelines for remaining businesses

Retail Essential retail stores open subject to 50% occupancy stores rate, social-distancing and sanitation rules

Beaches Closed for all purposes

Medical Postponed except for those deemed “necessary” procedures under various criteria as determined

New Safer at Home Order

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: All retail stores open subject to 50% occupancy rate, social-distancing and sanitation rules 

Beaches: Open except no gatherings of 10 persons or more and people must maintain 6 feet of separation

Medical: 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 and guidance from state regulatory boards or public health authorities

What Is Staying The Same?

Non-work gatherings: Still limited to fewer than 10 persons with 6 feet of distance between persons. “Drive-in” gatherings still permitted if participants stay in cars with people from their own households

Entertainment venues (such as night clubs, theaters, bowling alleys) Still closed

Athletic facilities and activities (such as fitness centers and commercial gyms) Still closed

Close-contact service providers (such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo services) Still closed

Senior Citizen Centers Regular programming still suspended except meals still available through curbside pick-up or delivery

Educational institutions 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