On Thursday, Governor Kay Ivey announced additional changes to the coronavirus-related orders freeing up certain athletic activities, theaters, childcare facilities and summer camps to re-open.
Ivey said the move comes even as the number of coronavirus cases in the state continues to slowly rise.
“Our numbers are not as good as we would hope,” Ivey said. “But we cannot sustain a delayed way of life as we search for a vaccine. It’s not realistic to believe we’re going to keep everyone totally isolated from each other.”
The following changes become effective today (Friday May 22nd) at 5:00pm – and they will remain in place until July 3rd at 5:00pm
- Entertainment venues, such as arcades, theaters and bowling alleys can re-open.
- Athletic activities such as practices, drills and conditioning can re-start on May 23rd; competition allowed June 15th.
- Education institutions can re-open June 1st. This covers trade and professional schools.
- Childcare facilities can re-open without limitations on numbers.
- Summer camps can re-open.
All the facilities are subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines. There are individual guidelines for different types of businesses. You can see those here.
Coronavirus restrictions remain in place for:
- All retail stores subject to 50 percent occupancy rules
- Activities at senior citizen centers are suspended
- Restricted visitation at hospitals and nursing homes
- Non-work gatherings still require people to maintain a 6-foot distance between each other
- Restaurants and bars are open but with limited capacity.
- Athletic facilities are open.
- Close-contact service providers, such as salons and barber shops, are open.