Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox today released the city’s plan for reopening as coronavirus slows its spread.

The city is following Gov. Kay Ivey’s plans, announced earlier today.

Gatherings for events such as church services, funerals or parties remain restricted in accordance with Alabama Department of Public Health guidelines. Worshipers are encouraged to continue practicing social distancing and attend services remotely.

In Phase 1, which starts April 30 at 5 P.M., businesses currently operating will continue. General retail and commercial services can open up again, but must have no more than 50% of their current capacity inside the building at one time. The city recommends, but will not require, face masks.

Phase 2, proposed to begin May 15, will open restaurant dining rooms at 50% capacity, along with bars. Personal services such as hair stylists and nail salons would be able to open for customers by appointment only.

Phase 3, proposed to begin 7 to 14 days after Phase 2, will reopen all businesses, including entertainment venues and fitness centers, at 50% capacity.

City-hosted events and public gatherings on city property will be phased back in after Phase 3. All phases are subject to change.


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