- Updated public health order issued to add more specific information
- The order expands the availability of child daycare
- Ivey has given authorization to Alabama National Guard if they are needed
Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health has updated a public health order with current COVID-19 restrictions in Alabama which are now statewide. Ivey also authorized National Guard to assist in operations if needed and has them on stand by.
The statewide public health order is effective through April 5. All gatherings of 25 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a 6-foot distance between persons, are prohibited. Any restaurant, bar, or brewery shall not permit on-site consumption of food or drink. All beaches will be closed, whether privately or publicly owned, including beach access points. In-person instruction or classes at all schools, public and private, are closed. All elective dental and medical procedures are delayed.
Thursday’s order said all preschools and childcare centers would close and it would not apply to licensed childcare centers that provide services exclusively to essential personnel such as law enforcement, first responders and medical personnel. The updated order expands the availability of child daycare in the state as long as certain guidelines are followed. Daycare center employees are encouraged to use enhanced sanitation and social-distancing practices consistent with the guidance from the CDC and the Alabama Department of Public Health.
As our state works in overdrive to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic, we are making decisions based on the best information we have in the moment. I have no doubt that as this situation rapidly unfolds, decisions will need to be evaluated and amended.
Yesterday’s health order was issued to be as comprehensive as possible to combat the spread of the virus and to ensure the state was doing everything within its authority to protect the people of Alabama.
In order to keep Alabama going, we must keep Alabama businesses going to the best of our abilities. I fully support the restrictions of social or recreational gatherings of 25 people or less and strongly encourage individuals to maintain a six-foot distance. This order was intended to apply to non-work-related gatherings. However, employers should take all necessary steps to meet these standards for employees and customers.
Let me be abundantly clear – I have no intention of slowing down our workforce through unnecessary, burdensome regulations. We will only be able to mitigate the risk of the virus through the efforts of our hardworking manufacturers that will produce life-sustaining supplies, our truckers who move these goods down the road, and our valued retailers that will make them available to our citizens.
My administration has been given clear instructions to do everything possible to ensure the continuity of government while being flexible and responsible to the needs of our state. I ask for the support of my fellow Alabamians as we work through these challenging days together.”Governor Kay Ivey