This morning, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and the Birmingham City Council released changes to the current COVID 19 policies. Governor Ivey released the “Safer at Home” order, which will go into effect at 5 pm on April 30th, 2020.
The change will not have a large impact on our members as the industry has been allowed to continue working throughout the crisis. Association members need to continue social distancing of 6 feet or more, clean heavily used areas, and encourage good hygiene. From a public standpoint, the order does open retail facilities as long as the occupancy is 50% or less. It also opens Alabama beaches effective Thursday night. Restaurants must remain curbside or drive through only. Facilities such as theaters, nightclubs, bowling alleys, beauty salons and barber shops will remain closed. Places of worship must also remain closed. The new order is scheduled to stay in place until May 15, 2020.
The Birmingham City Council also released an ordinance that requires all people age 2 years and older to wear a face mask when in public beginning May 1, 2020. The ordinance does not require the mask to be medical grade, but the mask must cover the nose and mouth. Business owners will be required to make employees wear masks while at work; however, the ordinance states “this shall not be interpreted as requiring businesses to provide face coverings or masks to employees.” Listed below are links to Gov. Ivey’s order, the ADPH fact sheet, and the Birmingham City Council Order.