DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The Dothan Joint information Center held a press conference Saturday afternoon to address Gov. Ivey’s statewide stay-at-home order which goes into effect at 5. pm.
“The intent and the mission as it always been from day one was to prevent community spread and to protect and keep our citizens safe. Not to overload and burder our hospitals, healthcare workers, doctors and emergency rooms. The more we stay at home and follow the orders, the better we can contain this spread we have seen in other places,” Mayor Mark Saliba said.
The stay-at-home order does not mean you can’t leave your home. You do have permission to go out as long as its an essential reason and you’re still following the guidelines in place.
“You are still able to go outside and walk on the trail if you need to, you are encouraged to limit that. You can go to the grocery store do not raid the store as if it’s a shutdown. Instead of taking four people to the store..take one. The fewer of us that are out, the better we have a chance to prevent spreading,” Saliba said.
There have been a few changes to the ‘big box’ stores like Walmart and other large retail stores.
“They put in this order for a 50% capacity rate. All the essential business who are open will stay open but they should be following the social distancing guidelines. We have been checking businesses all week and we will continue to do so,” Mayor Saliba said.
Mayor Mark Saliba and the Dothan-Houston County EMA urge residents to take the order seriously during this difficult time.