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Alabama COVID-19 Response Updates

July 6, 2020

Governor Ivey awarded $48 million of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund to the Alabama Department of Education to be used to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.  The funds are allocated as follows: $10 million to equip all school buses with WiFi capabilities; $4 million to improve remote learning opportunities; $26 million to provide additional academic support to bridge learning and achievement gaps; and $9 million to support intensive before and after school tutoring resources.  Alabama institutions of higher education will be able to submit requests for a collective reimbursement of up to $50 million of federal CARES Act funds.

To learn more, click here.


July 2, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey issued a Thirteenth Supplemental State of Emergency extending the public health emergency by an additional sixty days from July 11, 2020, until September 9, 2020.  The order also includes provisions allowing members of non-profit corporations to meet remotely.

To view the order, click here.


July 1, 2020

The Mobile City Council passed an ordinance requiring face coverings in public places within the city limits during the month of July.  Section 3 includes exceptions to the ordinance, including children under the age of 10, certain outdoor activities and when “substantial mental or physical health, safety or security risk” could result from wearing a face covering.

To view the ordinance, click here.


June 30, 2020

Alabama

Governor Ivey issued a Twelfth Supplemental State of Emergency incorporating State Health Officer Scott Harris’ Amended Public Health Order extending the current “Safer at Home” order through July 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. The orders make no major changes in the limitations currently in place other than extending the deadline.

To view the Twelfth Supplemental State of Emergency, click here.  To view the amended Public Health Order, click here. To view a fact sheet concerning the order, click here.

Tuscaloosa

The Tuscaloosa City Council unanimously voted to adopt an ordinance requiring residents to wear a face covering or mask in public places within the city limits. Public places include: indoor spaces of businesses and venues open to the public, transportation services available to the general public, and gatherings in outdoor areas open to the general public where social distancing cannot be maintained. Section 3 lists exceptions to the order, including children under the age of two, people for whom a face covering poses a greater health, safety or security risk, and places of worship, among others listed in the order. The ordinance will take effect on July 6th and will last to August 5th. Mayor Walt Maddox is expected to sign the ordinance on July 1st.

To view the ordinance, click here. To learn more, click here.


June 29, 2020

The Alabama Department of Labor announced that it is implementing a federal extended benefits program that may provide 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits to Alabamians who exhausted both their unemployment benefits and the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation benefits. Eligible individuals can begin claiming benefits on July 5, 2020. To learn more, click here.

Governor Ivey awarded $30 million in CARES Act funds to be used to support two programs, Testing for Alabama and Stay Safe Together. Both programs will be implemented through a partnership between the Alabama Department of Public Health and UAB.

Testing for Alabama will create a re-entry testing platform focused primarily on Alabama’s public universities and colleges.  Additional testing will be implemented in various underserved regions with identified health care disparities.

Stay Safe Together is a COVID-19 notification app currently in development by UAB and backed by Google and Apple technology. It includes an assessment tool that allows individuals to log their coronavirus-related health status.

To learn more, click here.


June 26, 2020

Jefferson County Health Officer Mark Wilson issued an order requiring persons over two years of age to wear face coverings or masks in public places within Jefferson County. Section 3 of the order lists several exceptions, including persons for whom face coverings pose a health, safety or security risk, places of worship, and persons participating in indoor athletic activities, among other exceptions.

Businesses are to develop their own policies and procedures regarding face coverings for employees in places not open to the general public that are in accordance with the CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health Guidelines, but they must comply with the order in spaces open to the general public. Businesses and venues open to the general public must post a notice at all public entrances stating that face coverings are required inside. The order goes into effect June 29, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. and will continue in effect until a determination is made that public health conditions warrant discontinuation. To view the order, click here.

City of Selma Mayor Darrio Melton issued an order requiring the wearing of face masks or coverings in public places.  The order lists several exceptions, including outside gatherings of less than 10 people if social distancing can be maintained.  The order goes into effect at 5:00 p.m. on June 27, 2020. To learn more, click here.

State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey announced that Alabama intends to reopen K-12 public schools for in-class instruction this fall.  However, virtual school will be available to all students, and local school districts will make decisions about how they reopen. The state has used a large portion of the coronavirus funding it has received to acquire a statewide remote learning curriculum to make virtual options available to all districts. To learn more, click here.


June 25, 2020

Governor Ivey announced a Broadband Working Group, which will be facilitated by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. The group will gather input and provide guidance on allocation of Alabama’s 1.9 billion CARES Act monies. Alabama Act 2020-199 appropriated up to $300 million to Alabama for expenditures related to technology and infrastructure associated with remote instruction and learning and divided funds into 10 categories.

To learn more, click here.


June 20, 2020

The City of Montgomery nightly curfew that has been in effect since March 27th has now been lifted effective immediately in light of the Mayor’s June 17th executive order requiring the wearing of face coverings or masks in public.

To learn more, click here.


June 17, 2020

City of Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed issued an executive order requiring the wearing of face coverings or masks by persons two or older in public places a within the City of Montgomery when there are 10 or more people present. The order also applies to people in outdoor spaces when there are 10 or more people within 6 feet of each other. Section 2 of the order lists exceptions to the face covering and mask requirement, including during exercise and when wearing a face covering or mask poses a greater health risk. The order is effective beginning at 5:00 p.m. on June 19th and continues until rescinded, superseded or amended.

The Montgomery City Council previously voted on June 16th against an ordinance requiring face masks in public locations with groups of 25 or more, but did vote unanimously in favor of a resolution recommending face masks in public. 

To learn more, click here. To view the order, click here.


June 9, 2020

The University of Alabama System has developed a plan for reopening its three campuses in Birmingham, Huntsville and Tuscaloosa in light of the coronavirus pandemic.  The plan includes provisions for testing, contact tracing, masks and PPE, housing, athletics, Greek life, classroom instruction, recreation centers, cleaning, and isolation/quarantine. To learn more, click here.

Governor Kay Ivey issued an Eleventh Supplemental State of Emergency that contains various provisions to manage COVID-19 among Alabama’s inmate population.  The order ratifies the Department of Corrections’ (DOC) 30-day moratorium on inmate intake issued on March 20th and directs the DOC to develop and implement revised inmate intake procedures in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The order also grants immunity for county and DOC employees whose job function relates substantially to the care, control and/or custody of state inmates incarcerated in county jails by designating them as “emergency management workers,” as long as they comply with the order. To view the order, click here.

The Birmingham City Council extended the ordinance requiring face covering or masks while in public to July 3, 2020. To learn more, click here.

SiO2 Materials Science, located in Auburn, Alabama, has been awarded a $143 million federal contract to produce packaging for the storage of COVID-19 vaccines.  The company has developed patented containers for drugs and vaccines.

To learn more, click here.


June 8, 2020

The Mobile County Commission, in collaboration with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, established a $500,000 “Small Business Relief Fund” to assist small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  The funds are from a budget dedicated to industrial development authority funding, and if needed, another $500,000 may be appropriated from the county’s general fund later in the year.  Eligible businesses are those with 100 or fewer full-time employees as of February 29th. Such businesses can obtain up to $25,000 in grants based on demonstration of need, and all applications will be reviewed by a five-member volunteer committee.

To learn more, click here.


June 5, 2020

Governor Ivey awarded more than $17 million in Community Services Block Grants to 20 community action agencies to provide relief to individuals who have faced hardships as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants.

To learn more, click here.


June 4, 2020

Governor Ivey announced a Coronavirus Relief Fund Expenditure Request Form in order for the public to submit ideas for how Alabama’s portion of the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund should be spent. The funds can only be used to cover certain expenses, which are stated in the form. To learn more and access the form, click here.

The University of Alabama Board of Trustees voted to resume limited in-person classes this summer on the campus in Tuscaloosa, with a full return to in-person learning fall semester on all three campuses in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Huntsville.  Return to in-person classes is premised on the implementation and use of a COVID-19 symptom tracker developed by UAB Health System experts. To learn more, click here.


May 29, 2020

The Birmingham City Council issued an amended ordinance extending the requirement that face coverings or masks be worn in public through June 12, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Fines for violation of the ordinance are graduated fines beginning at $25 for the first offense and increasing for each offense after. To learn more, click here.


May 26, 2020

The Birmingham City Council issued an amended ordinance extending the requirement that face coverings or masks be worn in public through May 29, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Persons working alone in separate office spaces or in non-public workplaces with adequate social distancing do not need to wear a face covering or mask at all times. However, if social distancing cannot be maintained or there is a gathering of 10 or more people, then persons must wear a face covering or mask. To view the amended ordinance, click here.

Jefferson County Health Officer Mark Wilson issued an amended order adopting most of the provisions of the state’s amended “Safer-at- Home” order issued May 21st. The only substantial difference is that “higher-risk businesses and activities” in Jefferson County are to remain closed until June 6, 2020. “Higher-risk businesses and activities” are defined as entertainment venues in Section 9 of the order and include night clubs, concert venues, tourist attractions, racetracks, indoor children’s play areas, venues operated by social clubs. To view the order, click here.

The Jefferson County Department of Health published guidelines for faith-based organizations and pools and splash pads, which may be viewed here and here.


May 22, 2020

Alabama has contracted with Google and Apple for a new tracing app to help slow the spread of Covid-19. The tracing app will use Bluetooth that will send a notification to anyone recently near a person who tests positive for COVID-19. The notification will advise the person to contact their healthcare provide for testing. Users can decide whether or not to opt-in to exposure notifications, and if a person is diagnosed with COVID-19, it is their decision whether or not to report to the app.  North Dakota and South Carolina have also contracted for the tracing technology. To learn more, click here.

The Alabama State Department of Education has issued guidelines to aid Alabama schools in their resumption of summer schedules, which could start as early as June 1st.  The guidelines call for masks, limited ratios of 12 students to one teacher, and regular sanitization of all shared spaces.  The new guidelines cover four areas: group size and physical standards, symptom monitoring, environmental cleaning and personal hygiene, and safe food and transportation options. These guidelines are not requirements. Click here to view the guidelines.


May 21, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Scott Harris issued an amended “Safer at Home” order that is in effect from May 22nd at 5:00 p.m. until July 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  Subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines provided in the order, the Safer-at-Home order allows:

  • Entertainment venues, including theaters, arcades and bowling alleys, to reopen on May 23rd.
  • Team athletic activities to start limited practices beginning on May 23rd and competitions beginning on June 15th.
  • Educational institutions to reopen on June 1st.
  • Childcare facilities to reopen on May 23rd and certain limitations established under previous orders are removed, including limits on numbers.
  • Summer camps to reopen on May 23rd.

To view the amended “Safer at Home” order, click here.

Governor Kay Ivey issued a Tenth Supplemental State of Emergency providing that the protections against eviction set forth in prior orders will expire at 12:00 a.m. on June 1, 2020.

To view the Tenth Supplemental State of Emergency, click here.


May 20, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey announced that Alabama will receive $3.3 million in CARES Act funds for qualified applicants in the state’s seafood industry, including commercial fishing businesses, charter/for-hire fishing businesses, qualified aquaculture operations, seafood processors, and the fishing ecosystem and environment. The state will also receive an additional $8.6 million in federal fisheries disaster relief funds related to 2019 freshwater flooding that negatively impacted fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico.


May 19, 2020

The Mobile City Council approved a “restaurant recovery policy” allowing the city’s restaurants, bars and breweries to use the public right-of-way, such as parking lots and sidewalks, for additional outdoor dining. The policy will be in effect for at least 30 days after the expiration of Alabama’s State Health Order, which is set to expire May 21st. Applications are through the city’s administrative offices, and businesses licensed to serve alcohol must notify the ABC Board of their intention to provide outdoor service.  City of Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson signed a tandem order on May 18th that suspended enforcement of city codes prohibiting business from using the public right-of-way.

To learn more, click here.


May 18, 2020

The Alabama Legislature approved Governor Ivey’s plan for using $1.8 billion in CARES Act funds.  The plan directs the funds into categories, including reimbursements to state and local governments for coronavirus expenses, delivery of health care and related services, and support for individuals, businesses and organizations affected by the pandemic. To learn more, click here.


May 13, 2020

Alabama businesses obtained more than $1.5 million in small business loans in the second round of the Paycheck Protection Program.  The Paycheck Protection Program has paid out approximately $189 billion in the second round of loans to more than 2.5 million companies across the country.

To learn more, click here.


May 12, 2020

  • The Birmingham City Council issued an ordinance amending the “Shelter in Place Order.” The ordinance extends the requirement that people in the City of Birmingham wear face coverings until May 22nd. Also, the 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew previously in place for Birmingham is no longer in effect. To learn more, click here.
  • The City of Birmingham provided guidelines for restaurants operating within the city limits. Phase I of the guidelines provides for continued curbside ordering and pick up and allows for restaurants to re-open at half of normal maximum occupancy if social distancing may be maintained. However, Bar areas should remain closed to prevent congregation, and there should be no live music or events that could draw a crowd.  The benchmark for moving the next phase in the plan for re-opening is improvement/stability in the Jefferson County rates of new cases of COVID-19 per day for 28 days. The guidelines also include provisions for environmental controls and cleaning and protective measures for staff and patrons. To view the guidelines, click here.

May 8, 2020

Governor Ivey issued a Ninth Supplemental State of Emergency extending the state of emergency during the COVID-19 pandemic for another 60 days, which extends the state of emergency until July 13. Additional provisions in the proclamation include a provision regarding financing for Rural Electric Cooperatives, rules for the July 14, 2020 Primary Runoff Election, and clarifications regarding protections against evictions.

To view the proclamation, click here.

Governor Ivey issued an Eighth Supplemental State of Emergency providing liability protections for businesses, health care providers and other covered entities as specified in the order.

    • Paragraph I.C.1 of the proclamation provides that businesses, health care providers and other covered entities are not liable for claims related to Covid-19 transmissions or certain response activities (as defined in the order) unless a claimant can show “by clear and convincing evidence that the claimant’s alleged death, injury, or damage was caused by the business health care provider, or other covered entity’s wanton, reckless, willful or intentional misconduct.”
    • Paragraph I.C.2 limits damages for claims related to Covid-19 transmissions and response activities to actual economic compensatory damages and excludes non-economic or punitive damages. However, this limitation does not apply to claims of serious physical injury or wrongful death.
    • Paragraph I.C.3 provides that for any claims related to Covid-19 transmissions or certain response activities that accrued prior to the Eighth Supplemental State of Emergency, the claimant must show that the business, health care provider, or other covered entity did not reasonably attempt to comply with the then applicable public health guidance. It also limits damages for such claims to economic compensatory damages, with an exception for claims of serious physical injury or wrongful death.

To view the proclamation, click here.

While not an official order, Dr. Mark Wilson, Chief Health Officer of the Jefferson County Department of Health, recommends that Alabama citizens avoid large groups for at least two more weeks.

To learn more, click here.

Governor Ivey issued an amended Safer at Home order, which allows close-contact services, athletic facilities, restaurants, bars and breweries to resume operations on May 11, 2020 under certain hygiene and social distancing restrictions listed in the order. The amended order no longer includes the 10-person restriction on gatherings and beaches, but still prohibits gatherings of any size that cannot maintain six-foot distance between persons from different households.  Certain “higher-risk businesses and activities” are still closed, including entertainment venues such as night clubs, theaters, and bowling alleys.

To view the order, click here. To view a fact sheet about the order, click here.


May 5, 2020

The Mobile City Council approved a resolution urging, but not requiring, all citizens to wear a face covering when entering or working at a business.

To learn more, click here.


May 1, 2020

The Birmingham City Council approved an ordinance effective May 1, 2020 requiring the wearing of a face covering for individuals over two years old when outside of their home or car.  Exceptions include individual outdoor exercise, patients in exam rooms of medical or dental offices where there is a necessity to examine or treat the mouth or nasal area, or when wearing a face covering poses a greater health, safety or security risk.

To learn more, click here.


April 30, 2020

The Birmingham City Council approved an ordinance effective on April 30, 2020 extending and amending its prior shelter-in-place order until 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020. The new ordinance establishes a “Safer in Birmingham Curfew” daily from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Section 1(a) lists exceptions to the curfew, including public safety or emergency services activities; first responders, persons seeking essential services or commodities, and persons supplying or restocking businesses in order to provide essential services or products.

The ordinance also adopts the restrictions detailed in the state’s “Safer at Home” order.

To view the ordinance, click here.


April 28, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Scott Harris issued a “Safer at Home” order effective at 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2020 through May 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  The key provisions of this order are as follows:

  • Individuals are encouraged to stay at home and follow certain safety precautions listed in Section 1 of the order, including minimizing travel outside the home, wearing face coverings, and frequently disinfecting.
  • All retail stores may open, but are limited to 50% occupancy rate and must follow social distancing and sanitation rules.
  • Beaches are open to gatherings of 10 or fewer persons if social distancing guidelines can be followed. Gatherings of over 10 people are still prohibited.
  • Elective medical procedures are allowed unless prohibited in the future by the State Health Officer.
  • The following restrictions from the stay-at-home order are still in effect:
    • Entertainment venues, athletic facilities and gyms, close-contact service providers, as described in Section 7 of the order, are to remain closed.
    • Restaurants, bars and breweries are limited to take-out, curbside or delivery.
    • Regular programming at Senior Citizen Centers, except meals through curbside pick-up or delivery is still suspended.
    • Educational institutions are closed to in-person instruction
    • Child care facilities must not allow 12 or more children in a room.
    • Hospitals and nursing homes must continue to restrict visitors.

To view the order, click here.


April 24, 2020

Alabama

Governor Ivey announced that auto insurers have returned more than $100 million in premiums to more than two million Alabama policyholders. Auto insurers are instituting premium return programs because there have been fewer accidents due to fewer miles being traveled.

To learn more, click here.

Governor Ivey stated that the statewide stay-at-home order will remain in effect at least through April 30,  2020. The Alabama Coronavirus Task Force is meeting on Monday, April 27th to examine recommendations and evaluate how and when the state can reopen.

To learn more, click here.

Mobile

The Downtown Mobile Alliance’s Downtown Strong Small Business Impact Fund is encouraging small businesses impacted by coronavirus to start fundraisers at GoFundMe.com. If a business raises at least $500 on GoFundMe and meets certain other requirements, it is eligible for a $500 grant from the Small Business Relief Fund.  The program is open to businesses and non-profits located at street-level within the Hank Aaron Loop or that are a Downtown Mobile Alliance member non-profit.

To learn more, click here.


April 22, 2020

Alabama

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, announced that Alabama has been approved to operate the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (“Pandemic EBT”). Pandemic EBT is a new program that provides financial assistance through a supplemental food purchasing benefit to the families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals who cannot access the means because of school closures.  The program will provide $313.50 per eligible child.

To learn more, click here and here.

Birmingham

Small businesses and nonprofits in Birmingham that were unable to apply for Paycheck Protection Program loans because they lacked a relationship with a bank or a lender will likely soon be able to apply for such loans with the help of  BhamStrong and HOPE Credit Union. Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses is the initiative’s liquidity sponsor, enabling HOPE to make over $5M in loans available to local businesses once the federal government approves more funding for the Paycheck Protection Program loans.

To learn more, click here.


April 21, 2020

In a press conference today, Governor Ivey stated that while the state’s Coronavirus Task Force is reviewing the recommendations to reopen Alabama businesses, there are currently no changes to the shelter-in-place order. Governor Ivey said that testing is one of the issues for not reopening and that the COVID-19 numbers must decrease for at least 10-14 days before businesses could start to reopen.

To learn more, click here.


April 20, 2020

Governor Ivey released a statement urging Congress to add funds to the Paycheck Protection Program.  Approximately 28,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans have been issued to business in Alabama, totaling around $4.9B.

To learn more, click here.


April 17, 2020

Alabama has created a new Alabama National Guard unit, Task Force 31, which is a partnership between the Alabama Department of Veteran Affairs and the Alabama National Guard.  Task Force 31 is trained to disinfect long-term skilled care facilities and is tasked with disinfecting Alabama’s four state-run veterans’ homes. 

To learn more, click here.

Alabama Lieutenant Governor Will Ainsworth, the Alabama Small Business Commission Emergency Task Force, and the Subcommittee to Reopen the Economy provided a plan setting forth the health and sanitation guidelines required for businesses to reopen in Alabama.  The guidelines, which have not yet been approved by the Governor, include provisions for the following industries: retail, restaurant, close-contact services, medical and health services, pharmacies, manufacturing and industrial, and real estate.  There are also provisions for beaches, entertainment venues, and exercise facilities.

To view the plan, click here.


April 14, 2020

Alabama

Alabama airports will receive $54M in federal grants as part of the CARES Act to help offset losses from the coronavirus pandemic. The majority of the funding will go to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International ($18,745,394), Mobile Regional ($15,103,747) and Huntsville International ($13,785,691).

To learn more, click here.

Birmingham

The Birmingham City Council approved $1M for the Birmingham Strong Service Corps, which is a program created to provide jobs for those out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic. The funding came from the Office of Economic Opportunity and Innovation and two economic development incentives originally slated for other businesses.

To learn more, click here.


April 13, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey signed a Seventh Supplemental State of Emergency allowing the Board of Pardons and Paroles to resume pardon and parole hearings. However, individuals are not allowed to appear in person at the hearings. Instead, individuals may present their views concerning an inmate’s pardon or parole by submitting a written statement to the Board of Pardons and Paroles or contacting the Board by telephone if unable to submit a written statement.

To view the order, click here.


April 10, 2020 

Alabama

Alabama healthcare providers including physicians and hospitals will receive $449.5M through the first round of federal CARES Act aid. It is not yet clear what amount of the funds will be distributed to each provider in the state. To learn more and to view a state-by-state breakdown, click here.

Mobile

Mobile Metro Jail officials announced that they released a third of the jail’s inmates in the past month to limit the spread of coronavirus.  Inmates charged with non-violent crimes, who were sick, 55 or older, and those with low bonds were quickly reviewed through the court systems using Skype and Zoom. To learn more, click here.


April 8, 2020

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall’s Office advised that a 71-year old Alabama law prohibiting people from wearing masks in public will not be enforced against those who wear medical masks covering only the nose and mouth. To learn more, click here.

Alabama disavowed a 2010 protocol to limit ventilators that allegedly discriminated against the disabled and older adults during ventilator shortages. In response, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced “that it has resolved a compliance review of the State of Alabama after the state removed ventilator rationing guidelines that allegedly discriminated on the basis of disability and age.” To learn more, click here.


April 6, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Health have released answers to frequently asked questions about the shelter in place order for individuals and for businesses. There is also a one-page flyer located here showing which businesses are non-essential versus essential.


April 3, 2020

Alabama

Governor Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris issued a shelter in place order for Alabama residents effective at 5:00 p.m. on April 4, 2020 until 5:00 p.m. on April 30, 2020.  The order requires Alabama residents to stay in their places of residence unless their activities are excepted from the order. Section 1 of the order lists exceptions to the order and include “essential activities” such as obtaining necessary supplies for themselves or others, attending certain religious services, engaging in outdoor activity and working at “essential businesses and operations.” Section 2 of the order defines “essential businesses and operations.” Essential businesses and operations are to take all reasonable steps to avoid gatherings of 10 or more persons and to maintain a distance of 6 feet between persons.

Section 6 of the order requires that “essential retailers,” like grocery stores, pharmacies and big box stores, limit occupancy to 50% of normal occupancy, keep 6 feet between customers, and comply with CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health sanitation guidance. Section 7 of the order allows all businesses to continue to operate through curbside pickup, delivery or remotely.

Section 9 of the order requires that all persons that test positive for COVID-19 are to be quarantined in their place of residence for 14 days and cannot leave their place of residence other than to seek necessary medical treatment.

To view the order, click here.

Governor Kay Ivey issued a Sixth Supplemental State of Emergency Proclamation directing all state, county and local law enforcement officers to cease enforcing any eviction orders. To view the Proclamation, click here.

Birmingham

The Birmingham City Council has amended its previous ordinance that established a “Shelter in Place Order” in the City of Birmingham. This amendment extends the Shelter in Place Order until April 30, 2020 effective immediately. To learn more, click here.

Mobile

April 3, 2020 – Mobile’s Wave Transit System suspended all Fixed Route Bus Services, including the Moda!, through May 1, 2020. The suspension does not include the Mobility Assistance Program (MAP) operated by the Wave Transit System.

To learn more, click here.


April 2, 2020

Alabama

Governor Kay Ivey issued a Fifth Supplemental State of Emergency Proclamation that expands the scope of practice for Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, physician assistants and anesthesia assistants. The Proclamation also requires Licensing Boards to adopt emergency rules for expedited licensing and temporary permits for the practice of pharmacy, nursing, and medicine by out-of-state healthcare practitioners and for expedited reinstatement of certain medical licenses. The Proclamation authorizes temporary waivers to the Certificate of Need process and expedited temporary pharmacy permits.

The Proclamation also amends the Governor’s Fourth Supplemental State of Emergency Proclamation, allowing for remote notarization and witnessing of documents through videoconferencing technology. This portion of the order takes effect on April 3, 2020.

The Proclamation also contains provisions related to public meetings by governmental and quasi-governmental entities and remote shareholder meetings. There are also provisions to reduce the number of local inmates held in county jails.

The Proclamation may be viewed here.

Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Commission and the Town of Pike Road have imposed a curfew for both the incorporated area of the Town of Pike Road and the unincorporated area of Montgomery County from 10:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. seven days a week beginning April 2nd.

This curfew mirrors the curfew established by the Mayor of Montgomery for the City of Montgomery on March 27th. All of Montgomery County is now under a curfew order.

To learn more, click here.


April 1, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey urged Alabama Small Business Owners to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by applying now for federal financial relief.  To learn more, click here.


March 28, 2020

Alabama Department of Health clarified the parts of its March 27, 2020 order regarding public gatherings with the following: (1) no non-work gatherings of ten or more people are permitted; (2) if a consistent six-foot distance between persons can be maintained, then non-work gatherings of less than ten people are permitted; and (3) essential businesses are permitted to have gatherings of ten or more persons, but must take all reasonable steps to avoid such gatherings and to maintain a six-foot distance between persons.

To view the Alabama Department of Health’s clarifying release, which includes a list of non-essential businesses, click here.

To see the original Alabama Department of Health order, click here.


March 27, 2020

Alabama State Health Officer Scott Harris signed a statewide Order of the State Health Officer Suspending Certain Public Gatherings Due to Risk of Infection by COVID-19 effective March 28, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on April 17, 2020. The Order suspends all non-work related gatherings of 10 persons or more, or gatherings of any size, at which a consistent six-foot distance between persons cannot be maintained.  Employers must take steps to meet these standards for employees and customers.  The order requires “non-essential” businesses to be closed to non-employees. Section 2 of the Order defines “non-essential” business. Some examples of “non-essential” businesses included in the order are entertainment and athletic facilities, salons, retail stores. The Order closes all schools and prohibits visitors at hospitals and care facilities, with certain exceptions listed in Section 5 and 6. Section 7 of the order postpones all dental, medical or surgical procedures, subject to exceptions. Lastly, the order prohibits on-premises consumption of food and drink at restaurants and other similar establishments.

To view the order, click here.

City of Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed has enacted a curfew beginning March 27th. The curfew requires that persons within the City of Montgomery remain in their places of residence from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. 7 days a week. Those providing or seeking essential services are excepted from the curfew, as further detailed in Sections (a) and (d) of the proclamation. The proclamation also prohibits public and private gatherings of any size where six feet cannot be maintained between persons and prohibits all travel, unless the gathering or travel falls under the exceptions in Section (d) of the proclamation.

To view the proclamation, click here.


March 26, 2020

The Mayor of Tuscaloosa has signed Executive Order 2020-007 instituting a 24-hour public safety curfew beginning Sunday, March 29th at 10 a.m. and continuing until April 11th. The Executive Order requires the closure of all “non-essential businesses and services.” Examples of non-essential businesses include: entertainment and recreation facilitates, salons, and retail stores. A full list of exemptions to the order and non-essential businesses is included in the order. The order also mandates that essential businesses must practice social distancing, and all restaurants, bars, breweries, and similar establishments can only offer take-out or delivery services.  Otherwise, the order is very similar to the previous limited curfew instituted by Executive Oder 2020-006 on March 25th.


March 25, 2020

Birmingham

The Birmingham City Council approved an agreement with the Birmingham Business Resource Center allowing the city to transfer $1.2 million into the Birmingham Strong emergency small business loan fund. The loans are available to small, for-profit businesses with less than 50 employees. The business must be located within the Birmingham city limits and have been operating for at least one year. The deadline to apply is March 27th at 11:59 p.m.

The loan must be used to either: (1) limit reductions in payroll or staff size, (2) maintain business operations, and (3) fund a business model reconfiguration in response to COVID-19.

For more information, click here.

Tuscaloosa 

City of Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox signed Executive Order 2020-006 establishing a limited city-wide curfew from 10 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. that begins on Friday, March 27th and remains in effect through Friday, April 3rd.  There are various exceptions to the curfew.

The order requires all persons within the City of Tuscaloosa to remain in their places of residence. Certain persons and activities are exempted from the curfew. The order also prohibits private and public gatherings of 25 or more persons where a consistent distance of six feet cannot be maintained, unless the gatherings are for exempt activities. Lastly, the order prohibits all travel unless related to exempt activities.

To view the order, which includes the exempt activities, click here.


March 24, 2020

The City of Birmingham passed a shelter in place ordinance effective immediately until April 3, 2020 at 12:00 a.m.  The ordinance applies to residents and businesses in the City of Birmingham. Businesses not on the nonessential businesses may keep operating, and the ordinance does not close any additional businesses beyond those already ordered closed by the Jefferson County Department of Health. Under the ordinance, residents will be asked to remain at home and only leave for essential purposes. Those purposes include work, visiting essential businesses like grocery stores, financial institutions and gas stations, retrieving curbside pickup from restaurants; attending doctor’s appointments, and exercising outside, including biking, hiking and running – as long as six feet of social distancing is used. Violation is punishable by 180 days in jail or up to a $500 fine.

The ordinance may be found here.


March 23, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey issues a third supplemental state of emergency postponing the 4/15 tax deadline to 7/15/20 for the following taxes:

  • Individual income tax
  • Corporate income tax
  • Financial institutions excise tax
  • Business privilege tax

Additionally, the Commissioner of Revenue has been given authority to waive interest through July 15 for any tax payment due with connection to a tax return with a due date on or after March 15.

The order may be found here.


March 22, 2020

The Jefferson County Health Department has ordered more types of businesses to close, including retail stores, barbershops and hair salons.  The closures must be in place by 5:00 p.m. on March 23rd. The order may be found here. A list of all nonessential businesses may be found here.


March 21, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey announced today that small businesses across Alabama negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic are eligible for assistance under the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Businesses must qualify for EIDL assistance. For more information, go to the SBA’s COVID-19 disaster assistance web page.


March 20, 2020

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 daycare in the state as long as certain guidelines are followed, and includes clarifying language regarding senior citizen centers and schools.

The updated health order is available here.


March 19, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Thursday issued a statewide health order to aid in Alabama’s efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Statewide through April 5:

  • All gatherings of 25 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited. This Order shall apply to all gatherings, events or activities that bring 25 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time.
  • Any restaurant, bar, brewery or similar establishments shall not permit on-premise consumption of food or drink. Governor Ivey continues to encourage patrons to visit their local eateries for take-out or delivery provided the social distancing protocols include maintaining a consistent six-foot distance between persons are followed.
  • All beaches will be closed effective today at 5:00 p.m. For clarification, the term “beach” means the sandy shoreline area abutting the Gulf of Mexico, whether privately or publicly owned, including beach access points.
  • Preschools and childcare centers will be closed effective at close of school or business today. This shall not apply to licensed childcare centers that provide services exclusively to employees with: State and Local Governments, First Responders (including EMS and Fire Services), Law Enforcement, Hospitals, Nursing Home/Long Term Care Facilities (including Assisted Living and Specialty Care Assisted Living Facilities), End Stage Renal Disease Treatment Centers, Pharmacies and grocery stores.
  • Effective immediately, all Hospitals and Nursing Home/Long Term Care Facilities (including Assisted Living and Specialty Care Assisted Living Facilities) shall prohibit visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations such as maternity and end-of-life.
  • All elective dental and medical procedures shall be delayed, effective immediately.

The statewide social distancing order is available here.


March 18, 2020

Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced the Primary Runoff Election would be held on July 14, 2020 due to the concerns surrounding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

The order also requires the closure of all K-12 public schools at the end of the day Wednesday, March 18, 2020, with reopening scheduled for the start of school on Monday, April 6, 2020, should circumstances permit.

State agencies and local awarding authorities are authorized by this order to enter into contracts for goods and services without public advertisement to the extent necessary to respond to COVID-19.

The supplemental State of Emergency is available here.