In an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, Marion County's commission and probate judge's offices have issued a 24-hour public safety curfew and countywide at-home quarantine effective Monday, March 30, at 5 p.m.
According to a draft of the official document, the measure is a "forced isolation and restriction of free movement" of individuals within the county.
As of today, Saturday, March 28, seven confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in Marion County by the Alabama Department of Public Health. There are 668 known cases statewide and three Alabama residents have died due to the virus.
During this curfew and quarantine, all residents are required to remain at their place of residence. Failure to comply with the order is punishable with up to a $500 fine and/or up to six months in custody at the Marion County Jail in Hamilton. The order is effective through Friday, April 17, at 5 p.m.
The order affects all of Marion County and its local municipalities, including the cities of Guin, Hamilton, portions of Haleyville and Winfield and the towns of Brilliant, Bear Creek, Hackleburg, Twin and Gu-Win.
Exceptions to the order include travel to and from work, essential activities, outdoor activities and caregiving.
The order supplements Gov. Kay Ivey's order issued yesterday (March 27), which orders all non-essential businesses to be closed to the public beginning tonight at 5 p.m.
Essential activities include:
- Going to banks, insurance companies and other financial services
- Visiting a health or veterinarian care professional
- Obtaining medical supplies or medication
- Obtaining grocery items for one's family or to deliver to others
- Everyday business activities or for legally mandated government purposes
Travel for the following purposes are also permissible under the order:
- Providing care for minors, elderly, dependents, persons with disabilities or vulnerable persons
- Returning to one's place of residence located outside the county
- Travel through the county from outside of the county to another location outside the county
- Compliance with a law enforcement or court order
The order mandates those engaging in these activities to maintain social distancing measures, such as keeping six-feet distances between individuals, frequent handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning high-touch surfaces and not shaking hands.
Permissible outdoor activities include non-contact recreation, such as:
- Scooters, roller skates and skateboards
"The purpose of these measures is to promote the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Marion County and to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases, specifically the COVID-19 virus, by reducing the risk of exposure during a time of the outbreak," said Marion Probate Judge Paige Vick in a post on social media this morning (March 28).
More details will be posted as they develop.