Stay at Home, Alabama. That’s what Gov. Kay Ivey told the state in her 4:00 PM press conference today. There are exceptions for essential businesses and services, curbside restaurants, groceries, outdoor activity, etc.
Here are the highlights:
- All persons are ordered to stay at home except as necessary to perform an “essential activity.”
- Essential activities are:
- To obtain necessary supplies (food, household goods, medicine, fuel)
- To obtain or provide necessary services (allowed medical/dental services, government-funded services, auto repair)
- To attend religious services of less than 10 people with 6 foot spacing
- To take care of others
- To work at an essential business
- To engage in outdoor activity (less than 10 people, with 6 foot spacing)
- To seek shelter
- To travel as required by law enforcement or court order
- To see family members
- Essential businesses and operations are:
- Government operations
- Healthcare providers and caregivers
- Infrastructure operations
- Manufacturing facilities
- Agricultural operations
- Essential retailers like grocery stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, office-supply stores, pharmacies, hardware stores, gas stations, gun stores, auto supply, bike supply, boat supply
- Restaurants and bars
- Essential personal services like trash collection, mail and shipping, auto sales and repair, laundry, childcare, funeral
- Media operations
- Education operations for remote learning
- Financial services like banks
- Professional services like lawyers, accountants, insurance, and real estate
- Providers of basic necessities to the economically disadvantaged
- Construction and related services
- Essential public services
- Transportation and other essential support services
- Religious entities
- Federally-designated critical infrastructure
- Any business not listed above is now “non-essential” and must be closed. This includes, but is not limited to, all businesses already listed as “non-essential” under previous orders.
**BUT—a “non-essential” business may continue to operate through curbside pickup, delivery, remotely, or any other method that does not involve a customer entering its building so long as all reasonable steps are taken to ensure at least a 6 foot distance.
- An essential business may, but is not required to, issue credentials to employees to verify their status as an employee of an essential business.
- All essential businesses must take all reasonable steps to avoid gatherings of more than 10 people and any proximity of less than 6 feet.
- Any person who’s tested positive must be quarantined at home for at least 14 days.
The entire order provides more details and is available below.