Alabama's New "Safer At Home" Order

Governor Ivey says reopening the state of Alabama is "not as simple as flipping a switch or snapping your fingers"

As of this week, they no longer believe Alabama will see a surge that overwhelms hospitals. Cases have leveled off, and the governor is looking forward to easing back.

Today, she announced that Alabama will again enter a Safer At Home order that will still require social distancing and urge people to take health precautions as they return to work.

She says while maintaining physical health, it's time to also focus on economic health. The governor says don't make the mistake of thinking that lifting the health restrictions means that there's no longer a threat.

Thursday at 5pm, the Safer at Home order goes into effect, through May 15th.

You'll be urged to wear a face covering when you leave your house. She says no one will arrest you, but it's good advice. You're also urged to keep washing your hands.

Changes include:

Certain businesses/retail may reopen, as long as employers should take reasonable steps for employees to practice social distancing. All retail business will be allowed to open with a 50% occupancy rate, keeping customers from congregating.

All Alabama beaches will be open, with social distancing groups of 10 people or more, and you must maintain 6 foot separation.

Elective medical procedures can resume, with guidelines from state regulatory boards.

The state health officer says Alabama has not had the 14 day decline, recommended by the federal government, for reopening all businesses, such as gyms and hair salons.

Restaurants and bars are still limited to takeout, curbside or delivery.

As for churches, the CDC is recommending a 3-phase approach for opening churches, but at this time, Alabama does not meet the criteria proposed by the CDC for reopening churches. In person gatherings and small groups are not currently advisable. Online and drive in services are recommended for now.

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