Speaking from the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery on November 5th, Governor Kay Ivey issued her 19th supplemental emergency proclamation, including an updated Safer at Home Order. The order, which contains a statewide mask requirement, is set to expire on December 11th at 5:00PM.
Here’s What You Need to Know about the Safer at Home Order
“This disease has disrupted our lives in significant ways—more than three thousand Alabamians have died. Even as we emphasize good, sound health practices, we must find a proper balance of living our lives.”Gov. Kay Ivey, speaking at a press conference in Montgomery on November 5th
According to Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, 4% of Alabamians have contracted COVID-19. Additionally, Alabama has recently seen an increase in the new case rate.
In light of those facts, Gov. Ivey has extended the Safer at Home Order until December 11th at 5PM.
Alabama’s emergency proclamation includes the Safer at Home Order, which contains a mask ordinance requiring persons to wear a mask when in public and in close contact with other people.
Updated Safer at Home Order
“We’ll be rolling back restrictions based on occupancy rate. This should be welcome news as we get ready for the upcoming holiday season which is so important for local retail.”Gov. Kay Ivey, speaking at a press conference in Montgomery on November 5th
Although much of the Safer at Home Order remains the same, Gov. Ivey has made a handful of changes in order to ease the burden on local retailers and other small businesses. Here’s what is changing:
- Occupancy Rates: Emergency occupancy rates will be removed for retailers, gyms, fitness centers and entertainment venues.
- Use of Partitions: An exception to social-distancing rules will be allowed for many businesses—including barber shops, hair salons, gyms and restaurants—if people are wearing masks and separated by an “impermeable” barrier, such as a plexiglass partition.
Mask Up & Social Distance until further notice, Birmingham
As we approach the holiday season, remember to look for safe ways to gather and celebrate with friends and family. While you’re enjoying your Thanksgiving meal, the last thing you should want is to contract a case of COVID-19 and potentially spread it further.
“We would encourage people to look for ways to gather for the holidays in a much safer way. If you’re in a house with people from other households, try to distance if and when you can. Gather outside if the weather permits.”Dr. Scott Harris, Alabama State Health Officer
Read more about the Safer at Home Order’s timeline in Alabama:
- Birmingham enacts first “shelter in place” ordinance to combat COVID-19 in Alabama (Published March 25)
- Birmingham requires face covering to fight COVID-19 while Alabama gradually opens up (Published April 28)
- Gov. Ivey announces mandatory statewide mask ordinance starting Thursday, July 16 (Published July 15)
- Statewide mask ordinance extended until August 31st + required for 2nd graders through college students (Published July 29)
- Statewide mask ordinance extended until October 2 (Published August 27)
- Gov. Ivey extends statewide mask order to November 8 (Published September 30)