SBC recommends reopening restaurants, entertainment venues in Alabama

Coronavirus

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth and the Small Business Task Force rolled out several recommendations Friday morning for reopening Alabama in its “Reopen Alabama Responsibly: Phase I” report.

He said many of these businesses could open up Friday, but that decision would be the governor‘s.

“Our report provides an effective roadmap for safely reopening businesses, restoring commerce, and recharging Alabama’s economy while, at the same time, protecting the public health,” Ainsworth said.  “It allows stores, restaurants, entertainment venues, and businesses of all sizes to once again open their doors because when it comes to restarting our economy and putting people back to work, every business is an essential business.”

Some of those recommendations include having restaurants spread their tables out six feet apart and only allowing six guests per table. 

Others include barbershops hair salons and nail shops opening up and limiting the number of people inside of these businesses and having employees and customers wear masks.

Childcare facilities, gyms and some entertainment venues would also be able to open up but limit their capacity and continue to practice social distancing. 

Other guidelines include:

  • Strictly monitoring the health of employees and placing any employee who displays symptoms of COVID-19 on sick leave
  • Increasing the frequency of all sanitizing and cleaning measures and requiring additional sanitizing measures for certain circumstances
  • Enforcing social distancing in all areas of the place of business, specifically high-traffic areas where markings will be required to ensure safe spacing at all times
  • Establishing measures to limit interaction between employees and customers

Some business sectors are recommended to limit cash transactions, use personal protective equipment (PPE), and check customers’ temperatures before entering.

“This isn’t going to be a perfect plan,” Ainsworth said. “We are learning together. We need everyone to work together to continue to improve this, but we’ve got to get our economy going.”

Gov. Kay Ivey said she has reviewed this plan and has sent it over to the coronavirus task force. A new health order from State Health Officer Scott Harris is expected on or before April 28.

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