Gov. Kay Ivey held a news conference on Tuesday to provide an update about the state’s coronavirus response. She extended the state's current Safer at Home order until July 31, 2020 at 5 p.m.
The order was originally set to expire on Friday at 5 p.m.
"We've lost family and friends to a new aggressive deadly virus," Ivey said. "People who have never filed for unemployment have experienced pain in the loss of their job. Our citizens have been hurting in multiple ways."
"We're learning how to live with this disease and need to continue to do what we need to do to avoid another Stay at Home order," she said.
State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said the state will make its dashboard for coronavirus data easier to understand and will roll out color-coded upgrades Tuesday afternoon. He said those numbers will be updated every Friday, and we can expect to see more specific information for each county.
"There are many people who aren't getting the message," Harris said. "Our state has opened up in many ways, but right now is not a time to let our guard down."
The following rules remain the same under the extended order:
- ENTERTAINMENT VENUES (SUCH AS ARCADES, THEATERS, BOWLING ALLEYS) Open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
- ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES Open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
- EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS Open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
- CHILD DAY CARE FACILITIES Open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
- SUMMER CAMP Remain open with rules and guidelines available
- INDIVIDUALS Encouraged to stay home and follow good sanitation practices
- EMPLOYERS Businesses may open subject to sanitation and social-distancing guidelines
- RETAIL STORES All retail stores open subject to 50% occupancy rate, social-distancing and sanitation rules
- MEDICAL PROCEDURES Allowed unless prohibited in the future by the State Health Officer to preserve resources necessary to diagnose and treat COVID-19; providers must follow COVID-19-related rules and guidance from state regulatory boards or public health authorities
- SENIOR CITIZEN CENTERS Regular programming still suspended except meals still available through curbside pick-up or delivery
- HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES Still must implement policies to restrict visitation
- NON-WORK GATHERINGS Still required to maintain 6 feet of distance between persons not from same household
- RESTAURANTS, BARS AND BREWERIES May open with limited table seating, 6 feet between tables and subject to additional sanitation rules and guidelines
- ATHLETIC FACILITIES (SUCH AS FITNESS CENTERS AND COMMERCIAL GYMS) Athletic facilities may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
- CLOSE-CONTACT SERVICE PROVIDERS Close-contact service providers (such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo services) may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
- BEACHES Open with no limit on gatherings. Must maintain 6 feet of separation.