The Small Business Commission released its phase one plan on Friday to reopen Alabama.
Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth announced businesses the commission recommends open back up. This plan would have to be approved by the state before it was put into action.
Here's a breakdown of when the commission recommends businesses reopen:
Already open (best practices recommended in report)
- Real estate - agent
- Real estate - commercial
- Manufacturing & Industry
- Retail (I.e. Furniture, clothing, shoes, department, sporting goods, books)
- Retail - jewelry stores
- Close contact services (i.e. waxing salons, body art/tattoo, massage)
- Close contact services - barber shops
- Close contact services - hair salons
- Close contact services - nail salons
- Close contact services - tanning salons
- Child care services
- Medical & Health (M&H) services - Medical doctors
- M&H - Maxillofacial & oral surgery
- M&H - Dental
- M&H - Physical Therapy
- M&H - Optometry
- Entertainment Venues (EV) - gaming facilities (I.e. racetracks, casinos, bingo halls)
- Exercise facilities
- EV - Museums
- EV - Planetariums
- Youth Athletic Activities (I.e. baseball, softball)
The commission recommends retail businesses operate at a limited capacity, have check-out lines clearly marked and sanitation stations at doors and exits.
Restaurants are recommended to open for dine-in services with limited capacity, customers seated six feet apart and six guests seated per table. It’s also recommended they sanitize regularly.
Close contact services like hair salons, nail salons and tattoo studios are recommended to reopen with employees required to wear masks and not have customers in the waiting areas.
The commission recommended the reopening of medical practices, like dental, optometry and orthopedic offices on May 1. It recommends protective equipment for workers and increased sanitation practices.
Facilities like race tracks, casinos, bingo halls and planetariums are recommended to reopen at 35% capacity. The commission recommends they take employees' temperatures before they enter, sanitize and practice social distancing.
Exercise facilities are recommended to reopen on May 1 with upgraded sanitation measures and limited interaction between employees and gym goers.
Beaches are also recommended to reopen on May 1 for recreation activities like walking, running and fishing. People will still need to practice social distancing. Ainsworth said they would work with mayors and sheriffs to enforce this.
Youth athletic activities, like baseball and softball, are recommended to reopen May 11.
Gov. Kay Ivey’s office issued this statement about the plan:
"I appreciate the work that Lt. Governor Ainsworth and our Small Business Commission did in coming up with these recommendations. I’ve already sent this report to the Executive Committee of the Coronavirus Task Force, which I created, and I know they will begin looking at these suggestions and start plugging them in, where appropriate, as we weigh all our options about opening up the economy.
“On a call with the president and vice president (Thursday), President Trump made it clear that this will be a gradual process, even as he said that our nation’s governors will be responsible for leading these efforts and that his Administration will continue to stand by us as we do this.
“Consistent with what we’ve been saying all along, the president made it clear that the return to “normal” won’t be a quick or simple process. We will need to see declining cases – and stronger testing – over at least 14-days – to make certain we don’t see a return in the spike up of the infection.
“In addition to the report from the Small Business Commission, I also look forward receiving reports from our seven Members of Congress by the middle of next week. We’re also getting feedback from the mayors of our 10 largest cities – as well as a lot of other good suggestions – and our Executive Committee is already looking into many different ideas and plans. No good idea will be tossed aside, but even as we look at every way we can to reopen the economy, we’re going to need to continue to maintain social distancing and other health measures to ensure the virus doesn’t flare up again.
“Again, I appreciate the work of the lt. governor and this Commission, and I’m very grateful so many Alabamians have rallied behind our efforts to keep people safe. Because of the efforts of the people of Alabama, I am confident we have saved lives, which will help us immeasurably as we strive to get Alabama back to work."