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Ivey issues expanded ‘safer-at-home’ order

Amended order runs from May 22, 5 p.m. to July 3, 5 p.m.

Gov. Kay Ivey issued an amended safer-at-home order to go into effect tomorrow, Fri., May 22, at 5 p.m.

The new amended order, which ends on July 3 at 5 p.m., allows the following:

New updates

• Entertainment venues, such as arcades, theaters and bowling alleys can open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines;

• Athletic activities are open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines;

• Educational institutions are open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines;

• Child daycare facilities open subject to social distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines; and,

• Summer camp remain open with rules and guidelines available

What’s staying the same

• Individuals – Encouraged to stay home and follow good sanitation practices;

• Employers – Businesses may open subject to sanitation and social-distancing guidelines, including certain higher-risk businesses and activities remain closed;

• Retail stores – All retail stores open subject to 50 percent occupency 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 nad 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

• Restaurants, bars and breweris – May open with limited table seating, 6-feet between tables and subject to additional sanitation rules and guidelines;

• Beaches – Open with no limit on gatherings. Participants must maintain 6-feet of separation.

• Close-contact service providers – Close-contact providers such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo services may open subject to social distancing and 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. Specified athletic activities are still not allowed;