ALABAMA ANNOUNCES STAY-AT-HOME ORDER: WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey this afternoon announced a stay-at-home order across the state starting at 5 p.m. Saturday.
But what does a stay-at-home order mean? If you’ve already been practicing social distancing and staying at home, not much will change.
You can still go out and get groceries or prescriptions or go to work if you’re considered essential. But outside a few exceptions, you’ll be required to stay at home.
According to the order, everyone is required to stay home except to perform any of the following essential activities:
- Obtaining necessary supplies, including:
- Food and other consumer goods necessary to maintain a person’s daily routine or to maintain the safety, sanitation and routine operation of a home or residence.
- Supplies needed to work from home
- Prescriptions or medical supplies
- Fuel for cars or vehicles and vehicle supplies
- Materials for distance learning or education
- Pet supplies
- Obtaining necessary services, including:
- Dental, medical or surgical procedures required to treat an emergency medical condition
- Government-funded services or benefits
- Auto repair services
- Services vital to the treatment or care of people with physical, intellectual or development disabilities, or people with substance-use disorders
- Services related to any public or private distance learning activities and education continuity
- Pet services
- To attend religious services if:
- The event involves fewer than 10 people and the people there maintain a consistent 6-foot distance from one another.
- The event is a drive-in worship service, meaning participants remain in their vehicles for the entire service and participants do not come within 6 feet of other participants in other vehicles.
- To take care of a family member, friend or pet in another household, to donate blood or to transport families members, friends or pets to necessary services.
- To work if the work is an essential business or operation, or to take care of business necessities
- To engage in outdoor activity as long as it involves fewer than 10 people and everyone maintains 6 feet of space between themselves
- To seek shelter if required by an essential business employer, or if your residence is unsafe or at imminent risk of becoming unsafe, or to seek help from providers of basic necessities such as a food pantry
- To travel as required by law, such as transporting children between parents with custody agreements.
- To see family members.
The order is currently slated to end April 30, but it could be extended if required.
Read the full order right here.