Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced during a news conference Friday that the state’s churches, restaurants, gyms, salons can reopen beginning Monday, May 11 at 5:00 p.m. with a few restrictions in place.
Friday’s announcement is an update to Ivey’s existing Safer at Home order issued last Tuesday. It requires that gatherings of 10 or more still maintain a six-foot distance between people and still urges Alabamians to continue taking all health precautions “as we return to whatever normal might look like in the near future.”
“Let me first take a moment to say a special word of thanks to each & every Alabamian. I know this has been tough on you; it hasn’t been a joy ride for us either. I so appreciate the personal sacrifices you’ve made to keep yourself & others healthy,” said Ivey. “Today’s order will hopefully provide another round of hope for all of us.”
CHURCHES: Anyone visiting a house or worship must maintain a consistent six-foot distance between himself or herself and all persons from a different household.
RESTAURANTS: Restaurants will be allowed to reopen at a 50% occupancy rate with a 6 foot spacing between tables and other guidance that has been agreed upon by the Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association.
GYMS: Gyms, athletic facilities and athletic classes may resume – and this is key – but they will be under strict guidance that they practice intense cleaning methods and social distancing.
SALONS: Barber shops, hair and nail salons and other similar-type establishments will be allowed to open up with restrictions, again with guidelines that were developed by the State Board of Cosmetology.
BEACHES: Anyone using the beaches must maintain a consistent six-foot distance between himself or herself and all persons from a different household.
ENTERTAINMENT VENUES: Will still remain closed. These include: (i) Night clubs (ii) Bowling alleys (iii) Arcades (iv) Concert venues (v) Theaters, auditoriums, and performing arts centers (vi) Tourist attractions (including museums and planetariums) (vii) Racetracks (viii) Indoor children’s play areas (ix) Adult entertainment venues (x) Casinos (xi) Bingo halls (xii) Venues operated by social clubs