ORDER OF THE STATE HEALTH OFFICER SUSPENDING CERTAIN PUBLIC GATHERINGS DUE TO RISK OF INFECTION BY COVID-19 (APPLICABLE STATEWIDE) AMENDED APRIL 3, 2020
WHEREAS Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been detected in Alabama; and
WHEREAS the appearance of COVID-19 in the State poses the potential of widespread exposure to an infectious agent that poses significant risk of substantial harm to a large number of people; and
WHEREAS the State Board of Health has designated COVID-19 to be a disease of epidemic potential, a threat to the health and welfare of the public, or otherwise of public health importance; and
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, on recommendation of the State Health Officer, Kay Ivey, Governor of the State of Alabama, declared a state public health emergency exists in the State of Alabama; and
WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Jefferson County Health Officer, in response to a rapidly growing number of cases of COVID-19 being detected in Jefferson County, issued an order suspending certain public gatherings in that county; and
WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the State Health Officer issued a similar order for counties surrounding Jefferson, including Blount, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, and Walker Counties, and
WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, the State Health Officer issued an order, and on March 20, 2020, and March 27, 2020, amended orders, of statewide application suspending certain public gatherings; and
WHEREAS further social distancing measures are necessary to be implemented on a statewide basis to prevent the spread of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS Ala. Code § 22-2-2(4) authorizes the State Health Officer, on behalf of the State Board of Health, to direct that conditions prejudicial to health in public places within the State be abated;
NOW THEREFORE, THESE PREMISES CONSIDERED, it is ordered that the following Stay at Home order be implemented statewide:
1. Effective Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., every person is ordered to stay at his or her place of residence except as necessary to perform any of the following “essential activities”:
2. For the purposes of this Order, “essential businesses and operations” means and includes:
3. Operators of “essential businesses and operations” as defined in paragraph 2 may, but need not, issue credentials to their employees verifying their status as an employee of an essential business or operation. The decision to provide any such credentials is left to the discretion of the essential business or operation.
4. “Essential businesses and operations” as defined in paragraph 2 shall take all reasonable steps, for employees and customers, to
(a) avoid gatherings of 10 persons or more and
(b) maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons. 5. Effective March 28, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., the following businesses, venues, and activities shall be closed to non-employees or not take place: a. Entertainment venues as follows:
b. Athletic facilities and activities as follows:
c. Close-contact service providers as follows:
6. Effective Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., all “essential retailers” as defined in paragraph 2, including grocery stores, pharmacies, and “big box” stores, shall comply with the following rules in addition to any other applicable provisions of this Order:
7. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Order, a business may continue to operate through curbside pickup, delivery, remotely, or any other method that does not involve a customer entering its building, provided that the business takes all reasonable steps to ensure a consistent six-foot distance between persons.
8. Effective March 28, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., all non-work related gatherings of 10 persons or more, or non-work related gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited.
9. Effective immediately, any person who has tested positive for COVID-19—other than institutionalized persons—shall be quarantined to their place of residence for a period of 14 days 9 after receiving positive test results. Any person quarantined pursuant to this provision shall not leave their place of residence for any reason other than to seek necessary medical treatment. Any person requiring assistance while under quarantine may contact Alabama Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), http://alvoad.communityos.org/cms/. While under quarantine, the person must shall take precautions as directed by his or her health care provider or the Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of the disease to others.
10. Effective March 28, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., all beaches shall be closed. For purposes of this section, the term “beach” means the sandy shoreline area abutting the Gulf of Mexico, whether privately or publicly owned, including beach access points.
11. Effective, March 20, 2020, all regular programs at Senior Citizen Centers shall be ended except that Senior Citizen Centers and their partners are urged to assure that their clients continue to receive needed meals via curbside pick-up or delivery.
12. Effective March 20, 2020, the following shall be closed:
13. Effective March 20, 2020, all Hospitals and Nursing Home/Long Term Care Facilities (including Assisted Living and Specialty Care Assisted Living Facilities) shall prohibit visitation of all visitors, as defined by the facility, and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations such as maternity and end-of-life.
14. Effective March 28, 2020 at 5:00 P.M., all dental, medical, or surgical procedures shall be postponed until further notice, subject to the following exceptions:
15. Effective March 19, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., all restaurants, bars, breweries, or similar establishments shall not permit on-premises consumption of food or drink.
16. This Order shall remain in full force and effect until 5:00 P.M. on April 30, 2020. Prior to 5:00 P.M. on April 30, 2020, a determination shall be made whether to extend this Order—or, if circumstances permit, to relax this Order.
17. This Order supersedes and preempts all orders previously issued by the State Health Officer and Jefferson and Mobile County Health Officers concerning COVID-19 mitigation measures, and this Order shall remain in full force and effect until rescinded by order of the State Health Officer or its expiration. After the date this order is issued, the Jefferson and Mobile County Health Officers are authorized, after approval by the State Health Officer, to implement more stringent measures as local circumstances require.
This Order also supersedes and preempts any county and municipal orders or ordinances, whenever adopted, that purport to impose less stringent COVID-19-related curfew or quarantine measures.
Done on this 3rd day of April, 2020. _________________________ Scott Harris, M.D., M.P.H.
Find the original order here>> governor.alabama.gov/assets/2020/04/Final-Statewide-Order-4.3.2020.pdf
From the Facebook page of Wildwood Deli....
TO ALL OF OUR WONDERFUL FRIENDS & CUSTOMERS...
AS A SMALL FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED BUSINESS, WE HAVE MADE THE DECISION TO CLOSE WILDWOOD DELI FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. THIS DECISION WAS A DIFFICULT ONE TO MAKE ON ONE HAND, ON THE OTHER IT WAS NOT - BECAUSE IT’S WHAT IS NECESSARY FOR THE GOOD OF OUR FAMILY.
WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE CURRENT SITUATION AND PLAN ACCORDINGLY AS FAR AS REOPENING.
OUR FAMILY APPRECIATES YOUR SUPPORT OF US AND OUR BUSINESS AND PRAY THAT ALL YOU ARE WELL AND CARING FOR EACH OTHER DURING THIS TIME.
THE FISHER FAMILY
Max, Rhonda, Matthew & Taylor
We look forward to seeing y’all soon! 💐
WE WILL REOPEN AS SOON AS THE CURRENT SITUATION HAS BEEN DEEMED SAFE FOR US TO DO SO - THIS IS NOT A PERMANENT CLOSURE! WE ARE PROTECTING HIGH RISK MEMBERS OF OUR FAMILY, OURSELVES AND OUR STAFF AND THEIR FAMILIES ALSO.
Statewide through April 6:
March 20, 2020
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday issued an update to the statewide health order to aid in Alabama’s efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Effective today, all non-work related gatherings of 25 persons or more, or non-work related gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited. Employers shall take all reasonable steps to meet these standards for employees and customers.
The updated order also expands the availability of child day care in the state as long as certain guidelines are followed, and includes clarifying language regarding senior citizen centers and schools
The full order is below...
Through the work of the CVS Health Emergency Response & Resiliency Team and Infectious Disease Response Team, we continue to actively monitor the current international and domestic environment for coronavirus-related risks and prepare accordingly. Specifically, these teams are:
March 18, 2020
By Dacona Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Walmart U.S.
Our associates have been nothing short of heroic in their commitment to serve customers, stock shelves as quickly as possible and keep their stores clean. When their communities needed them the most, our people have been at their best. Their efforts continue to be a tremendous source of pride for everyone at Walmart.
Over the weekend we adjusted our operating hours to help make it easier for associates to stock and perform enhanced cleaning and sanitizing. We’re pleased with the results we are seeing and will take additional steps beginning Thursday, March 19.
Via the Joe Wheeler State Park Facebook:
The lodge, cottages, cabins, restaurant, golf course and Elk River Group Lodge at Joe Wheeler State Park remain open and continue to serve our guests.
However, NO BUFFETS (INCLUDING PRIME RIB BUFFET, SEAFOOD BUFFET AND SUNDAY BRUNCH BUFFET) WILL BE SERVED AT DANIELLA'S RESTAURANT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. OUR STAFF WILL ENSURE SOCIAL DISTANCING BY SERVING AT 50% OCCUPANCY AND SEPARATING PARTIES A MINIMUM OF 6 FT APART.
WE ENCOURAGE GUEST UTILIZE TAKE OUT ORDERS BY CALLING 256-247-5461 EXT 326
Via the Whistle Hollow - Wedding & Event Venue Facebook:
Whistle Hollow & Endless Catering Clients,
We understand that the recent news and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation it is a very difficult time for all of us. We are all trying to do the best we can keeping our families together in lite of schools being out, all child care options canceled, and keeping our business together. With that being said:
Our Current Hours
Currently right now under the extreme circumstances and trying to help our current clients over the next 8 weeks re-schedule and post-pone events as they wish, we are working around the clock right to make this happen (all while having children with us).
So please we ask for your patience during this time as our response time is slower than normal. I promise...
Via Geezburger Facebook:
With all that is going on with the fear of contracting the CoVid19 virus in a social gathering... if you need to order food for pickup we will provide curbside service for you at this time. CALL US at Geezburger at 256-729-6455 to place your order..pay by phone (no contact with money) ..come pick it up (brought to your car sealed for your protection). Also, We are diligently making sure our restaurant is staying sanitized for your protection if you prefer to eat in... The best way to prevent the contraction of the virus is to wash your hands, especially the fingertips, after touching anything. TRY not to touch your face or eyes. Minimize personal contact. Stay safe and thank you for your patronage.
March 17, 2020
MONTGOMERY – Out of an abundance of caution, The Alabama Department of Public Health on Tuesday issued updated guidelines to aid in Alabama’s efforts to flatten the curve during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. For Jefferson and surrounding counties (Tuscaloosa, Walker, Blount, St. Clair and Shelby), ADPH recommends against gatherings of 25 persons or more where a six-foot distance cannot be maintained. Additionally, any restaurant, bar, brewery or Category 3 food service establishment shall not permit on-premises consumption of food or drink for one week. This order will be reevaluated at the end of one week. ADPH is also strongly encouraging other counties across the state to adhere to these same guidelines.
Governor Kay Ivey: “These measures taken by the Alabama Department of Public Health are out of an abundance of caution in order to contain the area where the most cases of the COVID-19 are present.
“Alabamians living in Jefferson County and its surrounding counties are currently the most vulnerable to contracting the Coronavirus. I ask that Alabamians who live in these counties adhere to these regulations and would urge the rest of our state to do so as well, in order to mitigate the impact of the virus.
“I am encouraged to see so many of our citizens voluntarily self-regulate by practicing social-distancing – choosing to be safe rather than sorry is always the smart move. We should not take precautionary measures for granted, but I encourage everyone to remember the old adage ‘this too shall pass.’ Adhering to smart protocol and practicing a little patience will pull us through this.”
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris: “We need to do whatever it takes to ensure the safety of Alabamians and stop the spread of Coronavirus. The measures that have been taken in Jefferson County are an important step. We are taking similar actions in the surrounding counties and encouraging all counties throughout the state to follow suit.”
Dr. Scott Harris and the Alabama Department of Public Health will host a webcast press conference to give further details this morning at 10:00 a.m.
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