ORDER OF THE STATE HEALTH OFFICER SUSPENDING CERTAIN PUBLIC GATHERINGS DUE TO RISK OF INFECTION BY COVID-19 (APPLICABLE STATEWIDE) AMENDED JUNE 30, 2020
WHEREAS Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been detected in Alabama;
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;
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;
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;
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;
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,
WHEREAS on March 19, 2020, the State Health Officer issued an order, and on March 20, 2020, March 27, 2020, April 3, 2020, April 28, 2020, May 8, 2020, and May 21, 2020, amended orders, of statewide application suspending certain public gatherings;
WHEREAS social-distancing and related measures remain necessary on a statewide basis to prevent the spread of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS Ala. Code § 22-2-2 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 Safer at Home order be implemented statewide:
Health Advisory: COVID-19 Outbreak Reported at Ninja Athens
Taken from Facebook 06/12/2020
on Saturday day June 6th ninja on Athens location had an employee report the family member got tested positive for COVID-19. Soon we ask the employee to self quarantine. On Friday June 12 we learned the employee tested positive for COVID-19. As a safety matter we will be temporarily closed until June 19th. During this time we will extensively sanitize the facility. We will keep update for any further change. Everyone stay safe.
Athens Lions Club Cancels 2020 Kiddie Carnival
The Athens Lions Club has decided that due to COVID-19 it is in the best interest of the community, as well as our members and other volunteers, to not open the Kiddie Carnival for the summer of 2020. Our concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, the necessary social distancing policies, sanitizing and attendance management factored into making the decision to cancel the 2020 Kiddie Carnival. Members of the Athens Lions club had a tough time making this decision because we know and appreciate what a tradition the Kiddie Carnival is for so many families.
Lion members each summer enjoy providing the community service that the carnival has offered for years - family entertainment geared toward toddlers and young children with nostalgic smaller carnival rides, bingo and on site concessions. We realize the decision to not have a 2020 Kiddie Carnival will be very disappointing to all those who have attended the carnival before and those planning to make their first visit this summer. The members of the Athens Lions Club are sad that the current circumstances of this pandemic have dictated that in the best interest of public health and safety, including the well-being of our members, we cancel this year’s carnival.
Ardmore High School Graduating Seniors of 2020 To March Through Town in Celebration
The Greater Ardmore Chamber of Commerce, The City of Ardmore, and The Town of Ardmore would like to invite the Community of Ardmore out to celebrate the 2020 Graduating Class of Ardmore High School for a Celebration Parade on Tuesday, May 19th at 6:30 pm.
The Ardmore High School Class of 2020 will depart...
May 9th City of Athens Relay for Life Bass Fishing Tournament Canceled
The City of Athens Relay for Life Team has made the difficult decision to cancel this year's Relay for Life Bass Fishing Tournament on May 9. The team had concerns for the safety of boaters, and did not want to put anyone at risk.
In addition to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns, TVA has issued a River Traffic Alert for May 8-10 at River MM 297.5 due to transmission line work.
TVA asks those who do enjoy the river this week to note: Transmission and helicopter personnel will be working during daylight hours. Safety patrol boats will be present and monitoring channels 16 and 13. For safety, watercraft should avoid the area or take extra safety precautions and go slowly.
From Eli's Block Party Care Show...
We have put a lot of thought into our new "Pandemic Policies and Procedures" for the car show May 16th 9-2 at Bethel Church of Christ, Capshaw Road, Athens, AL. Please, help us out by Pre-registering online. This will cut back on interactions as much as we can. We also ask that everyone wear a mask, maintain the 6-feet buffer, and keep their hands clean. Additional policies and protection measures can be found on our website: https://www.elisblockparty.org/register
Elkmont Lions Club April 27, 2020
It’s with great sadness that I inform you that the 2020 Smokin Railroad Street BBQ Cookoff has been canceled. We are certainly facing some unprecedented times with our nation's current situation. We have been given strict rules from KCBS that has placed us in a bind, that we can’t safely meet their requirements. Also, we can’t ask our sponsors to take the money from their families and the families that work for them. We are already looking ahead to next year’s event and hopefully the return of some great competition.
Thank you for all the support
President Elkmont Lions Club
U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham Statement on 2020 Census Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19
The 2020 Census is underway and more households across America are responding every day. Over 70 million households have responded to date, representing over 48% of all households in America. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau is adjusting 2020 Census operations in order to:
The Census Bureau temporarily suspended...
Supplemental Security Income Recipients Will Receive Automatic COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments
SSI recipients with dependent children should still use the “Non-Filers Enter Info Here” portal on IRS.Gov to provide their information
WASHINGTON—The Social Security Administration announced today that Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will automatically receive their Economic Impact Payments directly to their bank accounts through direct deposit, Direct Express debit card, or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their SSI benefits. Treasury anticipates SSI recipients will receive these automatic payments no later than early May.
“SSI recipients with no qualifying children do not need to take any action in order to receive their $1,200 economic impact payment. The payments will be automatic,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “Recipients with qualifying children should use the ‘Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here’ web portal to enter basic information so they can receive their payments as quickly as possible.”
For SSI recipients who have...
USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). This new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will take several actions to assist farmers, ranchers, and consumers in response to the COVID-19 national emergency. President Trump directed USDA to craft this $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to our farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of our food supply chain, and ensure every American continues to receive and have access to the food they need.
“During this time of national crisis, President Trump and USDA are standing with our farmers, ranchers, and all citizens to make sure they are taken care of,” Secretary Perdue said. “The American food supply chain had to adapt, and it remains safe, secure, and strong, and we all know that starts with America’s farmers and ranchers. This program will not only provide immediate relief for our farmers and ranchers, but it will also allow for the purchase and distribution of our agricultural abundance to help our fellow Americans in need.”
CFAP will use...
Athens-Limestone County Tourism is providing a collection of press releases and information regarding closures, modified hours of operation, and other information about Covid-19 and its impacts via this blog.
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