Gov. Kay Ivey issued a stay-at-home order for Alabama, effective Saturday, April 4 at 5 p.m. The move, which follows similar ones by other states, comes as the number of coronavirus cases in Alabama continue to rise. As of Friday afternoon, Alabama has 1,432 COVID-19 cases and 34 reported deaths.
“Folks, April stands to be very tough, and potentially very deadly,” the governor said during a Friday afternoon press conference. “You need to understand we are past urging people to stay at home. It is now the law.”
Alabama had already banned non-business gatherings of more than 10 people or gatherings of any size where a 6-foot distance between people could not be maintained.
One addition to previous Ivey’s previous orders: Starting Saturday, all “essential retailers” are limited to no more than 50 percent of normal occupancy. Businesses can continue to operate through pickup, delivery or any other methods that do not involve a customer entering their business. Also, the order stipulates that an “employee of the essential retailer may not knowingly allow customers or patrons to congregate within six feet of one another.”
Under Ivey’s order, every person in the state is ordered to stay at their home except to perform “essential activities.”
The order will remain in place until April 30 at 5 p.m.
People may leave their homes to:
Obtain necessary supplies – This covers supplies needed for your family or pet, or a loved one or friend who is unable to leave their home.
- Food and other consumer goods needed to maintain “safety, sanitation and routine operation of a home.”
- Supplies needed to work from home
- Pharmaceutical prescriptions or medical supplies
- Fuel and vehicle supplies
- Materials for distance learning and other education-related purposes
- “Any other supplies necessary to maintain a person’s or pet’s daily routine or to maintain the safety, sanitation and routine operation of a home or residence.”
Obtain or provide necessary services: Again, includes a person’s family, pets or a loved one or friend who is unable to leave their home. It includes:
- Dental, medical or surgical procedures, as stipulated by previous order for emergency procedures or part of ongoing care
- Government-funded services or benefits
- Automobile repairs
- Services for people with disabilities or substance-use disorders
- Services related to public or private distance learning or education.
Attend religious services. This also covers weddings and funerals, as long as the event involves few than 10 people who can maintain a 6-foot distance from each other.
- Drive in worship services are allowed as long as people stay in their vehicles and only people who live together are allowed in the same car. Participants can not come within 6 feet of participants in other vehicles.
- You’re also allowed out to take care of a family member, friend or pet in another household, to donate blood or to transport family members, friends or pets.
Go to work
You can leave to perform “essential businesses and services.”
- Managing inventory, processing payroll and employee benefits
- Work-related activities that allows people to work or ship remotely through drive-by, curbside or door to door delivery.
- Work related activities that do not require regular interaction within 6 feet of another person.
You may also leave to:
- Engage in an outdoor activities, as long as they involve fewer than 10 people that can maintain a 6 foot distance from others.
- To transport a child as required by a custody agreement.
- To seek shelter or travel as required by law.
Essential services/personnel include:
- Government operations, including first responders, 911 employees, federal state and local employees
- Health care providers
- Utilities workers and other infrastructure operation employees. This also covers Uber and Lyft drivers.
- Manufacturing facilities.
- Agriculture and farm operations
- Essential retailers. These are those outlined earlier during Gov. Ivey’s order closing all non-essential businesses. Grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware and home improvement stores, gas stations and gun stores will all remain open. Businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food or goods directly to residences are allowed to operate.
- Restaurants and bars are allowed to remain open for curbside or to go orders.
- Essential “personal services” such as trash collection, home repair, auto sales, animal shelters, and public transportation are open.
- Media operations are considered essential, as are education operations, financial services, professional services such as accounting and banking, non-profits, construction and military and defense institutions.
The stay-at-home order echoes the essential vs. non-essential list previously released by Ivey. That order had already closed non essential businesses.