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‘Stabilization’ of COVID-19 leads state to open portions of economy; less restrictive order put in place


MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama’s ‘Stay at Home’ order will expire as planned on April 30 at 5:00 p.m.

Gov. Kay Ivey announced a new ‘Safer at Home’ order where most retail stores can begin to open under social distancing guidelines, elective medical procedures can resume and beaches will open.

Occupancy at retail stores will be limited to no more than 50 percent of the normal occupancy. The state is requiring this limit to be posted.

Restaurants can only operate as curbside or delivery. Schools and educational institutions are still closed. Close contact service providers including tattoo parlors, hair salon and barber shops will remain closed.

The safer at home order will expire on May 15, but reevaluated before that date.

“It’s now time to focus on our economic health,” said Ivey. “The threat of COVID-19 is not over. We must continue to be vigilant with our social distancing. Better days are ahead.”

The economy will not fully reopen as the state’s health officer Dr. Scott Harris said the criteria of 14 days of sustained decline in cases has not been met. “We believe a gradual reopening makes sense,” Harris stated.

View the state’s graphic that charts the differences between the two orders below:

The state is recommending the following steps for all Alabamians:

  • Minimizing travel outside the home, especially if sick
  • Wearing face coverings around people from other households when it is necessary to
    leave the home
  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer, especially after
    touching frequently used items or surfaces
  • Refraining from touching one’s face
  • Sneezing or coughing into a tissue, or the inside of one’s elbow; and
  • Disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

View the full order here:

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Exec. Dir. of the Sylacauga Chamber of Commerce Laura Strickland released the following statement.

“We are fortunate to have such strong state leadership who has assembled a team to conduct a thorough evaluation as we work to reopen the State of Alabama.  While it may not allow every business sector and various public gatherings to return to their previous normal, we trust that the best interest and health of our citizens is a priority.  We may never return to the previous normal, but establish a new normal. 

We encourage EVERYONE to exercise good judgement as they begin to incorporate the SAFER AT HOME orders in their personal and professional lives so that we are prepared to welcome new guidelines on May 15th when the current order expires.  Patience will also be so very important as our businesses adjust to follow the guidelines established by Governor Ivey and her team. We hope that our community will continue to support our local restaurants who continue to operate under the previous order allowing take-out, curbside, and delivery.  They have done an excellent job thus far in providing meal options and have even expanded their menus to provide additional options and specials.  We know the community will be anxious to visit the non-essential businesses which are allowed to re-open on May 1st following the lifting of the previous order on April 30th at 5 pm.  There will be an adjustment period as they adapt to the established guidelines so we hope that everyone is supportive of this transition.

The Sylacauga region is strong and resilient!  We are confident that we will rebound even stronger than before and continue with the economic growth prior to COVID-19.  The Sylacauga Chamber is honored to be able to provide support to the community as well as business and industry.”

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