Retail businesses to reopen under new order from governor; some restrictions remain

Coronavirus

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — Gov. Kay Ivey announced Tuesday that at 5 p.m. April 30, Alabama will be under a “Safer-at-Home,” replacing the stay-at-home order that will expire the same day.

This order will be less restrictive than its predecessor, allowing retail businesses to reopen their doors and setting Alabama on a gradual path to reopening.

Even with the relaxation of the restrictions, Ivey said this does not mean Alabama is free from having to worry about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are some of the changes that will take place April 30:

  • People are only encouraged to stay home, not ordered as they were before
  • Businesses may now reopen so long as they follow sanitation and social-distancing guidelines
  • All retail stores are able to open so long as they maintain a 50 percent occupancy rate and continue following guidelines
  • Beaches will be open so long as people stay in groups under 10 or more people and maintain a six-foot distance from one another
  • All Medical procedures are allowed unless the state health officer prohibits them to shift resources to fight COVID-19.

However, all other restrictions are still in place. This means that restaurants, bars, and breweries will still be restricted to take-out, curbside service, and delivery only.

Furthermore, salons, barbershops, and nail shops are not included in this announcement.

This order will expire May 15.

As of this report, the Alabama Department of Public Health has confirmed 6,644 COVID-19 cases and 242 coronavirus-related deaths.

75,138 people have been tested, and 903 people have been hospitalized.

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