Please see below for the most up to date information from the governor’s office and various state agencies regarding COVID-19 orders that impact small businesses.
Governor Kay Ivey (R) has taken executive action that does the following:
Postpones the upcoming primary runoff election to July 14.
Temporarily authorizes DOT to suspend rules surrounding motor carriers.
Extends the tax deadline to July 15.
Temporarily suspends residential evictions.
Releases the Reopen Alabama Responsibly Phase One Plan from the Small Business Emergency Task Force. It focuses on close-contact services, childcare services, entertainment venues, medical and health services, beaches, pharmacies, real estate, manufacturing, and agriculture. This report contains recommendations.
Gives liability protections to state higher education institutions, businesses, and healthcare providers. This is retroactive to March 13 and remains in effect until the end of the public health emergency.
Extends the state of emergency for another 60 days. The proclamation specifies that the protection against evictions applies to only evictions based on nonpayment.
Amends the Safer at Home Order which includes an expanded list of items to reopen will be effective May 22 at 5:00 p.m. and will expire on July 3 at 5:00 p.m. This order shall allow the following to open, subject to social distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines: entertainment venues (such as theaters, arcades, and bowling alleys), athletic activities, educational institutions, child care facilities, and summer camps. Occupancy rules for reopened retail stores, visitation rules for hospitals and nursing homes, rules pertaining to allowed medical procedure, and sanitation and social distancing rules pertaining to employers shall remain the same.
The following emergency rules have been issued in response to COVID-19:
The Department of Public Health adopted an emergency rule that states that all non-work related gatherings of 25 people or more are prohibited. The rule states that the order does not apply to first responders, licensed healthcare professionals, and their essential employees. The rule states that all hospitals must prohibit visitation of all visitors, as defined by the facility, and non-essential health care personnel.