With COVID-19 having reached its one-year mark in its pandemic status, vaccination distribution is well under way. Many states have already lifted their mandated mask order for their residents and guests. Alabama is not one of them—yet.
Governor Kay Ivey recently extended the Safer at Home Order, which includes a statewide mask requirement, until April 9, 2021 at 5 p.m. This means Atmore residents and business owners will need to continue wearing their masks or face coverings when in public and in close contact with others. Ivey also announced that once April 9 arrives, she will not keep the mask order in effect.
Specific Guidelines Under Safer at Home Order
Hospitals and Nursing Homes
Taking care of those most vulnerable to COVID-19, Atmore hospitals and nursing homes are subject to reasonable restrictions. Patients and residents are allowed to have as many as two caregivers or two visitors at a time
Restaurants, Bars, and Breweries
These Atmore business owners may continue to stay open with no limit on party size at tables. Partitions or six-foot spacing between tables are still required, as well as sanitation rules and guidelines.
Senior Citizen Centers
Besides congregate meals, senior programs can resume only outdoors and are subject to special guidelines by the Alabama Department of Senior Services. Meals will still be available by curbside pick-up or delivery.
Camps may still operate and are subject to sanitation rules and guidelines as well as social-distancing requirements that mirror those used for schools.
What Hasn’t Changed for Atmore
Athletic activities and open facilities in Atmore are allowed, subject to social distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.
Beaches are open with no limit on gatherings. Beachgoers must maintain 6 feet of separation.
Child daycare facilities may be open in Atmore, subject to social distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
Close-contact service providers (e.g., barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo services) in Atmore may be open, subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.
Educational institutions may be open, subject to social distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.
Employers in Atmore may be open for business, subject to sanitation and social distancing guidelines.
Entertainment venues (e.g., arcades, theaters and bowling alleys) may be open in Atmore, subject to social distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.
Medical procedures are allowed, unless prohibited in the future by the State Health Officer to preserve resources, to diagnose and treat COVID-19.
Non-work gatherings in Atmore are still required to maintain 6 feet of distance between persons not from the same household.
May be open, subject to social distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines.