Alabama’s Small Business Emergency Task Force recently released their recommendations for the reopening of businesses across the state, but Gov. Kay Ivey today confirmed the state’s stay-at-home order will remain in effect through April 30.

The task force’s suggestions include reopening retail stores, restaurants, child care facilities and close-contact services while continuing social distancing guidelines set by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

The group is also recommending medical services, gaming facilities, exercise facilities and entertainment venues could reopen May 1, and beaches could reopen May 15.

Ivey said she and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris will re-evaluate Alabama’s stay-at-home order April 28.

With that order expiring in just over a week, many business owners said they’re eager to get back to work and serving the public.

Cliff Clark, who owns 1831 in Temerson Square, said he’s ready for everything being back to normal.

“I’m super excited about reopening, but I also want to start off with some type of minimum,” he said. “You know, give it another month at that minimum, then maybe expand a little more and gradually get ready for football season.”

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