OUTBREAK UPDATE: HEALTH DEPARTMENT HALTS DINING IN AT RESTAURANTS

The Alabama Department of Public Health today is issuing updated guidelines in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

For Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, Walker, Blount, St. Clair and Shelby counties, ADPH is recommending against gatherings of 25 people or more where a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained.

In addition, all bars, restaurants, breweries and food service establishments in those counties will be required to stop serving food on-premises for at least a week. Delivery and take-out orders are still allowed.

ADPH is strongly encouraging other counties across the state to adopt the same policies.

“Alabamians living in Jefferson County and its surrounding counties are currently the most vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus,” Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement. “I ask that Alabamians who live in these counties adhere to these regulations and would urge the rest of our state to do so as well, in order to mitigate the impact of the virus.”

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