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Kay Ivey, who had closed schools through April 5, said it became clear that schools cannot reopen yet.
The announcement came the same day as the Birmingham city council approved a "shelter in place" ordinance.
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin recommended the order be voted on Tuesday by the city council.
State Health Officer Scott Harris said testing continues to be a concern in Alabama.
Clothing stores, barber shops, gyms, hair salons and department stores are among those that should close beginning at 5 p.m. Monday.
The Alabama Department of Public Health closed day care and senior centers in six counties.
The advice follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Alabama Department of Public Health recommended that people cancel or avoid large public gatherings with more than 500 people.
Lawmakers approved $5 million to fund the state's response to the spread of coronavirus.
A council tasked with fighting opioid addiction in Alabama released its first formal report of its findings along with an action plan on Wednesday. The Alabama Opioid...