NEW SAFER AT HOME ORDER: RESTAURANTS, SALONS CAN OPEN MONDAY

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced an amendment to her “Safer At Home” orders on Friday, loosening restrictions starting May 11.

“We hear your voices, we know you’re frustrated,” Ivey said. “Hopefully today’s order will begin providing another round of hope for all of us.”

Non-work gatherings such as churches, weddings and funerals are permitted to meet with no limits on how many people may attend as long as a distance of 6 feet is maintained between non-household members. The Alabama Department of Public Health “strongly encouraged” places of worship to implement its guidelines for safer services.

Restaurants and bars will be permitted to open with a maximum of eight people per table, and a 6-foot distance between each table or booth must be maintained. Self-service buffets, drink stations and salad bars are not permitted.

Gyms, yoga studios and similar facilities will also open subject to social distancing rules. Certain activities, such as contact sports are not permitted, and public or commercial playgrounds will not open.

Barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo parlors and other similar establishments will be permitted to open and are subject to social distancing and sanitation requirements.

Retail stores must remain at 50% occupancy.

Beaches remain open. People must maintain a 6-foot distance, but there are no limits on gathering size.

The full list of amendments and rules are located at governor.alabama.gov.

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