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SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Gov. Ivey’s emergency “stay at home” order has prompted many questions about “essential businesses” which may remain open and whether you visit them is a “necessary” and permitted activity.

In cooperation with the Governor’s office, the Alabama Department of Public Health published Frequently Asked Questions for individuals and businesses.

Simply put, you may leave home only for “essential activities” allowed by the order, which, for example, means you may go out to get “necessary” services or supplies or help other people (or pets) get these necessary services or supplies. The services and supplies must be “necessary” for a person’s (or a pet’s) safety, sanitation, or daily routine.

You may also go to work in some circumstances — and if no regular interaction within six feet of another person is required. In all cases, when it’s reasonable and necessary for you to be out in public, you should keep your distance to minimize risks to yourself or others.

For direct access to the FAQs and the state’s emergency order, click the links below.

FAQs for Individuals
FAQs for Businesses
Latest emergency order

Always ask yourself whether going somewhere, even for “necessary” supplies and services, is a good idea. If you can wait, that’s probably best.

If you absolutely must venture into a place where you may come in close contact with others, a mask could be helpful. Click here for a RadioAlabama video showing how to make your own.


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