In a news conference Friday morning, Gov. Kay Ivey, along with State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, announced that she is amending her Safer-At-Home order related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of the update, several changes will go into effect Monday, May 11th at 5 p.m. Those include:
- Non-work gatherings: Removing 10 person limit, which means church services can be held. Still required to maintain 6 feet of distance between person not from same household.
- Restaurants, bars and breweries: May open with limited table seating, 6 feet between tables and subject to additional sanitation rules and guidelines
- Athletic facilities (such as fitness centers and commercial gyms): Athletic facilities may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines. Specified athletic activities are still not allowed.
- Close-contact service providers: Close-contact service providers (such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo services) may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.
- Beaches: Open with no limit on gatherings. Must maintain 6 feet of separation.
The governor’s order keeps in place a limit on all retail stores to 50 percent occupancy rate. Entertainment venues, night clubs, theaters and bowling alleys will remain closed.
Emergency Proclamation protects Businesses from lawsuits
Also on Friday, Gov. Ivey issued an emergency proclamation to protect healthcare workers and businesses from lawsuits. This will now provide liability protection for businesses that are sued due to injuries from COVID-19. The proclamation outlines that businesses will not be liable for injury or death due to act or omission unless the suit can clearly prove the injury was caused by the entity’s wanton, reckless or intentional misconduct. The act is retroactive to March 13, 2020. You are encouraged to consult your legal counsel with company specific questions about the new order.
We continue to encourage all members to implement policies that allow for social distancing, and frequent cleaning for heavily used areas. Currently, Birmingham is the only city in the state that requires face masks but some members are providing face masks and gloves for additional protection.
AMENDED ‘SAFER AT HOME’ ORDER
EMERGENCY PROCLAMATION FOR LIABILITY PROTECTION