MONTGOMERY, AL — Restaurants, barber shops and more small businesses will be allowed to reopen in Alabama on Monday as Gov. Kay Ivey amended the “stay-at-home” order while also extending it until May 22. Although cases of COVID-19 continue to spread, Ivey said at a Friday news conference she believes opening this phase of local businesses can help the economy recover and — with social distancing — can prevent another outbreak.
“I want to thank every Alabamian for doing their part to help us combat this awful virus,” Ivey said. “I know it has been tough on y’all, but it ain’t been a picnic for me either.”
The new order goes into effect May 11:
Under the amended order:
Churches may reopen and hold services but with social distancing guidelines
Restaurants can open at 50 percent occupancy rate.
Barber shops and salons, will be able to open with social distancing