Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey further relaxes restrictions on activities in the state

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey today (May 21) announced further loosening of restrictions to the state’s public health order, allowing greater freedom for operations of child day care facilities, summer camps, schools, athletic activities and entertainment venues.

Ivey said the state continues the “long and difficult process of opening the economy” while realizing COVID-19 remains “a serious and deadly disease.”

The amended Safer-at-Home order goes into effect on May 22 and emphasizes “personal responsibility,” Ivey said, including encouragement to wear face coverings in public spaces, keep a social distance from those outside one’s household and avoid unnecessary travel.

Under the new guidelines, schools may reopen June 1. Athletic activities can resume May 22 until June 14, but such activities are limited. Beginning June 15 even broader allowances for sports activities will be allowed.

Athletic facilities and entertainment venues may reopen but at reduced capacity.

Day and overnight youth summer camps, prohibited under the former order, may now open, but campers and guests are not supposed to congregate within six feet of a person from another household and some limits on athletic activities are in place.

Ivey’s order includes links to several guidance documents for individual situations. To read the full order amended May 21, click here. To view the Safer-at-Home info sheets, click here. (TAB)