Several Birmingham property owners offering creative help to their tenants

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Ward Neely of Property Partners stands outside The Battery. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

All around the country, small and local businesses are feeling pressure as their customers begin to self-isolate. In order to help out their tenants, several Birmingham property owners are offering waived or deferred rent (as well as other creative solutions) until this outbreak clears up.

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Going stir crazy? Here’s how to be productive + stay busy at home in Birmingham

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Ignite Cycle knows how to keep people moving—even during a quarantine situation. Photo by Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

We know life is a little crazy right now, but that doesn’t mean you have to go stir crazy at home. Here are some activities to keep you busy and productive including virtual dance parties, live streams with local bands and free book delivery in Birmingham.

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7 food trucks offering curbside pick-up, discounts + delivery

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My exact reaction when you sign up for our local business guide. Photo via Vintage Comfort Food Co.

Don’t sleep on local food trucks stepping up to the plate and serving Birmingham through this crazy time. Many are offering curbside pick-up, delivery and special discounts. Keep in mind many places do not accept cash right now.

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Birmingham nonprofit spotlight—here’s how you can help today

We make it through together! Photo via Mitchell’s Place

Our local nonprofits need our help, Birmingham. We’re making it easy. Check back once a week and see who we’re spotlighting—we’ll be adding more nonprofits as the COVID-19 response continues. Learn how you can be a part of important work serving our community.

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Birmingham enacts first “shelter in place” ordinance to combat COVID-19 in Alabama

“Evidence is overwhelming that Jefferson County and beyond has been experiencing rapid community spread of COVID-19.” ~ Sarah Nafziger, co-chair of the UAB Emergency Management Comittee at March 24, 2020 news conference with the City of Birmingham. Screenshot of the news conference on YouTube taken by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Yesterday, the Birmingham City Council approved the first “shelter in place” ordinance to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Alabama. The order goes into effect immediately and runs until April 3.

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Birmingham mobilizes to sew handmade masks for healthcare heroes (see 29 photos)

Here are our masks! Made by my wife Kathleen Rose-Byington. Photo courtesy of Pat Byington (in the photo) for Bham Now

During World War I, the United States was so ill-prepared to go to war, we didn’t have enough socks, mittens, sweaters and yes – even bandages. Back then, the American Red Cross organized knitting drives in almost every small and large town in the nation to adequately equip our brave soldiers.

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Keep Birmingham safe—band together by staying apart + staying home

No need to worry about social distancing from your cat.

Although us young’ un’s might feel like we can do anything, it’s important to remember that no one is invincible, especially when it comes to Coronavirus (COVID-19). One bit of misinformation that is circling around is that young adults can’t get sick or will have mild symptoms. As the youngest member of the Bham Now team, I’m urging you to help me flatten the curve.

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Acclaimed artist Merrilee Challiss builds Birmingham’s art scene

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Merrilee Challiss has left her mark all over Birmingham and continues to create within the city. Photo via Girls Inc. of Central Alabama.

In a time where it’s more important than ever to support local art, I wanted to highlight one of Birmingham’s coolest and most influential contemporary artists. Meet Merrilee Challiss, a local artist who’s brought her creativity to every part of the Magic City. 

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New Coronavirus testing site opened in downtown Birmingham—here’s what you need to know

The testing site in downtown Birmingham. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Birmingham-area hospitals, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Jefferson County Department of Health have teamed up to offer testing for COVID-19 (Coronavirus) starting Monday, March 23.

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