Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a stay at home order effective Saturday at 5 p.m.
Everyone is ordered to stay home except to:
- Obtain necessary supplies
- Obtain or provide necessary services
- Attend religious services
- To take care of others
- To work
- To engage in outdoor activity
- To seek shelter
- To travel as required by law
- To see family members
On page five of the order, people involved in construction and all building material suppliers are classified as essential. This section allows ACIA members to continue operating under the order. The order also outlines that companies may provide documents for their employees to keep in their possession stating they are part of an essential industry, but this is not required.
During a question and answer session on Twitter Thursday, the governor addressed why she hadn’t issued a shelter in place order yet.
The governor’s tweeted response said “Each state has to weigh their own set of factors. I’m in communication with local, state & federal officials on a daily basis. We are taking a measured approach to keep Alabamians healthy, safe & working, wherever possible.”
Ivey’s office said she had not ruled anything out in her efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19.
More than 30 states have implemented stay at home or shelter in place orders, including those surrounding Alabama.
Alabama topped 1,000 confirmed cases of the respiratory illness Wednesday.
The order is in effect until April 30, 2020.