Governor Kay Ivey released a statement Monday morning urging people to stay at home as much as possible because of the coronavirus pandemic but did not issue any new orders, such as a statewide shelter-in-place order that many governors have.
That statement follows Friday’s statewide health order from Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris that tightened restrictions on gatherings and closed some categories of businesses. Alabama public schools are also closed for the remainder of this academic year. Ivey said she did not issue a shelter-in-place order partly because of the effect on the economy.
“I have the responsibility to look statewide and in this case, one size does not fit all,” the governor said Friday. “We can’t print enough money in Washington D.C. to bring businesses back to life. Individually, if people want to impose their own shelter in place, they do not need my permission to do so.”