Alabama’s Small Business Commission announces phase one plan to reopen state

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth announced businesses the commission recommends open back up.

Posted: Apr 17, 2020 10:01 AM
Updated: Apr 18, 2020 12:05 AM

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)

  • Pharmacies
  • Real estate - agent
  • Real estate - commercial
  • Manufacturing & Industry
  • Agriculture

Immediately

  • Retail (I.e. Furniture, clothing, shoes, department, sporting goods, books)
  • Retail - jewelry stores
  • Restaurants
  • 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

May 1

  • 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
  • Beaches

May 11

  • 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."

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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 101496

Reported Deaths: 1821
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson13463261
Mobile10671216
Montgomery6955153
Madison551035
Tuscaloosa432780
Unassigned398568
Baldwin371029
Shelby336137
Marshall319938
Lee272447
Morgan242520
Etowah219034
DeKalb185214
Calhoun182819
Elmore176739
Walker154865
Houston145013
Russell13912
Limestone137813
St. Clair137520
Dallas134725
Franklin130822
Cullman123812
Colbert122518
Lauderdale120320
Autauga118822
Escambia109417
Jackson10724
Talladega106914
Tallapoosa87679
Dale85029
Chambers84838
Chilton8279
Blount8255
Clarke82110
Coffee7796
Butler77336
Covington74621
Pike7167
Marion58726
Barbour5816
Lowndes57524
Marengo56817
Bullock49211
Hale48826
Winston45711
Bibb4535
Washington44913
Perry4464
Wilcox43610
Monroe4246
Pickens41110
Randolph40311
Conecuh39410
Sumter36618
Lawrence3563
Macon34114
Crenshaw3318
Choctaw28912
Cherokee2798
Clay2775
Geneva2652
Henry2643
Greene25311
Lamar2302
Fayette2235
Cleburne1291
Coosa1053
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 126393

Reported Deaths: 1289
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby23785315
Davidson21044221
Rutherford671956
Hamilton640855
Knox485240
Williamson365626
Sumner350173
Unassigned31243
Out of TN290418
Wilson237423
Montgomery201514
Bradley201315
Sevier19169
Putnam184018
Robertson158720
Trousdale15836
Hamblen142515
Washington13522
Blount133315
Maury12998
Madison122221
Tipton121710
Sullivan107515
Hardeman96818
Bedford94011
Macon87013
Lake7960
Loudon7743
Gibson7498
Dickson7183
Fayette7188
Bledsoe7172
Anderson7116
Dyer6798
Henderson6262
Cheatham6079
Obion5984
Jefferson5964
Lawrence5937
Coffee5733
McMinn56720
Carter5646
Rhea5472
Warren5454
Greene5249
Lauderdale5239
Haywood5227
Weakley5034
Hawkins50010
Roane4962
Hardin4868
Cocke4855
Cumberland4836
Smith4614
Monroe4589
McNairy3976
Giles39113
DeKalb3691
Franklin3434
Carroll3415
Lincoln3201
Marshall3104
White3105
Johnson3070
Henry3030
Claiborne2810
Crockett2775
Hickman2760
Campbell2571
Chester2302
Marion2305
Wayne2302
Overton2211
Decatur2183
Polk2134
Grainger2060
Unicoi1750
Union1650
Benton1611
Cannon1570
Humphreys1313
Jackson1311
Morgan1301
Scott1242
Grundy1222
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Meigs1090
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