Severity: Warning Alert

Transportation: Officials in Alabama, US, to maintain COVID-19 safer at home orders through at least July 31, though most businesses remain open.

  • Alert Begins: 02 Jul 2020 03:59 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 31 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Alabama (map)
  • Time Frame: Through at least July 31
  • Impact: Business and transport disruptions

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey extended the state's safer at home orders through at least July 31, urging all residents to minimize travel outside their homes. The order went into effect May 22 as part of the state's efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Most businesses and entertainment and athletic establishments have been permitted to reopen under strict operating guidelines, as part of Alabama's recovery plan.

All businesses must enhance sanitation procedures, ensure social distancing measures, provide protective equipment to employees, and encourage work from home whenever possible. Retail stores, entertainment venues (including theaters, cinemas, arcades, and bowling alleys), and athletic facilities (including fitness centers, commercial gyms, and spas) must limit their maximum capacity at 50 percent. Non-work-related gatherings remain banned if participants cannot maintain proper distancing; all residents are encouraged to maintain at least 1.8 meters (six feet) from people outside of their households.

Transport and business disruptions are likely to persist even as commercial activity resumes. All measures are subject to amendment at short notice.

Background and Analysis
Several states in the US have implemented recovery plans to lift restrictive measures introduced in response to the outbreak of COVID-19, which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11. Should the number of COVID-19 cases significantly increase, previously relaxed restrictions may be reapplied. Likewise, a continued low number of cases may result in a further relaxation of restrictions.

Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Confirm appointments. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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