Alabama’s “Safer at Home” order was set to expire on January 22 at 5 p.m. However Gov. Kay Ivey extended the order to March 5 at 5 p.m. This was Gov. Ivey’s 22nd State of the Emergency proclamation made in response to the coronavirus.
Gov. Ivey was urged by health officials to continue to mask order in the state. This order requires people to wear facial coverings when within six feet of another person. In short, everything stays the same until stated otherwise.
- Masks will continue to be required in public settings when within six feet of someone from another household.
- Masks are required in schools and colleges, and where possible for employees and students in second grade and up.
- Masks are still highly important.
When will masks no longer be required? It all depends on how quickly the vaccine doses can be distributed. COVID-19 vaccinations have been delayed due to the limited supply.
Education and Athletic Activities and Facilities
Schools and athletic events may open and be held but must abide by social distancing and sanitation guidelines. Athletic facilities (Gyms) are allowed to open but must also follow sanitation guidelines.
Individuals and Employers
Individuals are encouraged to stay home during this time. Businesses may open but follow social distancing and sanitation guidelines.
Hospitals and Nursing Homes
Patients and residents are allowed one visitor or visits from one caregiver at a time. This is subject to restrictions.
Restaurants and Bars
These businesses may open with limited seating. Six feet should be kept between tables. They must abide by sanitation rules and guidelines.
What Else Is Staying the Same?
Other portions of the safer at home order remain the same as well. The following should all abide by social distancing and sanitation rules: entertainment venues, child day care facilities, summer camps, retail stores, medical procedures, senior citizen centers, non-work gatherings, close-contact service providers, and beaches.
The “Safer at Home” order that highlighted specific mask requirements was first instituted in July of 2020. It has now been extended numerous times. Since then, no substantial changes to the order have been made.
There are currently more than 430,000 individuals in the state of Alabama that have tested positive for the coronavirus. Alabama has recently made vaccinations available to individuals 75 and older, health care workers, and first responders.
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