Gov. Ivey orders non-essential businesses to close to public

Submitted by Scott Johnson on Fri, 03/27/2020 - 13:06
Breaking News Alert

Gov. Kay Ivey announced today that all non-essential businesses are ordered to be closed to non-employees effective tomorrow at 5 p.m. (Saturday, March 28) in order to fight the spread of COVID-19. The order is in effect until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 17 when a determination on extending the order will be made.

As of today (Friday, March 27), Alabama has tested 4,755 people for the virus, with 587 positive cases and three deaths.

All non-work-related gatherings of 10 or more persons and all gatherings that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons have been prohibited as well.

All dental, medical or surgical procedures not necessary to treat an emergency medical condition have also been ordered to be postponed until further notice.

Non-essential businesses include entertainment venues, athletic facilities, close-contact service providers and retail stores.

Entertainment venues include:

  • Night clubs
  • Bowling alleys
  • Arcades
  • Concert venues
  • Theaters
  • Tourist attractions
  • Racetracks
  • Indoor play areas
  • Adult entertainment venue
  • Casinos
  • Bingo halls
  • Social clubs

Athletic facilities include:

  • Fitness centers and commercial gyms
  • Spas and commercial swimming pools
  • Yoga, barre and spin facilities
  • Spectator sports

Close-contact service providers include:

  • Barbershops
  • Hair salons
  • Waxing salons
  • Threading salons
  • Nail salons
  • Body-art and tattoo services
  • Tanning salons
  • Massage services

Retail stores include:

  • Furniture stores
  • Clothing and shoe stores
  • Jewelry, luggage and leather goods stores
  • Department stores
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Book, craft and music stores.

More details will be posted as they develop.