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‘Safer at home’ order reopening Alabama’s retail businesses set to take effect

Governor Kay Ivey held a press conference on Tuesday to announce a revised state health order allowing retail businesses to reopen their doors to the public.

The revised order takes effect today (Thursday, April 30) at 5 p.m. and will remain in place until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 15.

Under the new order, certain higher-risk businesses and activities remain closed while retail businesses may reopen, subject to social distancing and sanitation guidelines.

Close-contact businesses such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors and massage therapists remain closed.

Restaurants, bars and breweries are still limited to takeout, curbside or delivery service.

Entertainment venues (night clubs, theaters, bowling alleys) and athletic facilities (fitness centers and commercial gyms) also remain closed.


  • Non-work gathering are still limited to fewer than 10 people with a six-foot distance between persons.
  • ‘Drive-in’ gatherings are still permitted if participants remain in their vehicles with people from their own household.
  • Individuals are “encouraged to stay home and follow good sanitation practices.” The previous order required individuals to stay home except for “essential activities” and to meet basic needs.
  • Regular programming at senior citizen centers remains suspended except for curbside meal pickup or delivery.
  • Childcare facilities still must not allow 12 or more children in a room.
  • Hospitals & nursing homes must continue to implement policies to restrict visitation.

You can read the order in its entirety at, or view a ‘Safer at Home’ flier on the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Facebook page.

Visit for state COVID-19 resources.

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