(City facility updates are posted below day-to-day info. Last page update at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, 2020.)
July 29, 2020: Recreation Center statement regarding closure of Summer Camp programs and the Recreation Center
For the health and safety of our community and staff, the Expect Excellence and Camp Sunshine Summer Camp programs will not resume for the last week of operations.
Mayor Kennon and the City Council's main concern is our entire community, students and employees to start the new school year safe and healthy. We believe that this is the best decision for our community for a multitude of reasons including lack of staff to operate to our fullest, and our desire to be fully prepared to offer an outstanding after school program beginning August 12th.
Recreation Center operations will resume starting on August 10th, following minor repairs, renovations and a deep cleaning of the entire facility. Fall hours, including pickleball play times, will be announced prior to the reopening.
The 24-hour access to the Fitness Center will remain open. The Aquatics Center will remain open.
July 29, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - extending order, including mask mandate, to August 31st
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday issued her fifteenth supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until August 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
- Amended Safer at Home Order
- One change, noted by Gov. Ivey during Wednesday's press conference, is under Educational Institutions requirements: "Facial coverings. Each employee, and each student in second grade or above, shall, to the greatest extent practicable, wear a mask or other facial covering that covers his or her nostrils and mouth at all times when in regular interaction within six feet of a person from a different household."
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 1
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 2
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 3
- Fifteenth Supplemental Emergency Proclamation
- Resources for Businesses
July 27, 2020: ABC Board Approves Operational Changes for Liquor License Holders - on-premises alcohol sales end at 11 p.m.
July 27, 2020: Alabama Department of Public Health: CDC isolation guidelines change for adults with COVID-19
Most adults who have had mild to moderate COVID-19 illness can now leave isolation after completing 10 days in home isolation and persons do not need to be retested before returning to work, according to newly released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
This change in recommendations about the duration of isolation was made because the latest scientific data show most people are no longer infectious 10 days after symptoms begin. Equivalent data for infants and children is not currently available. In the absence of specific data, the same guidelines apply to the pediatric age group.
As the medical community better understands how people are infected and transmit the virus, another significant change is that retesting is no longer recommended in order for most patients to discontinue isolation.
There have been nationwide delays in obtaining results for diagnostic testing. Dr. Karen Landers, medical officer for the Northern and Northeastern Public Health Districts, emphasized the importance of patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 to isolate at home after being tested for the virus. She cautioned, “While waiting for their test results, these persons are likely to be contagious and need to receive instructions from a doctor or the Alabama Department of Public Health before returning to work and leaving their residence.”
Additional revised CDC guidelines include the following:
- If COVID-19 patients have had a fever, the recommended number of hours that have passed since their last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications is reduced from 72 to 24 hours to discontinue isolation.
- Asymptomatic persons can discontinue isolation and other precautions 10 days after the date of their first positive RT-PCR test for SARDS-CoV-2 RNA.
- For persons who were diagnosed with symptomatic COVID-19 and remained asymptomatic after recovery, retesting is not recommended within 3 months after the date symptoms began for the initial COVID-19 infection.
- For persons who never developed symptoms, the date of the first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA should be used in place of the date of symptom onset to determine length of isolation.
For more information about COVID-19, please visit alabamapublicheath.gov.
July 23, 2020: Update from Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler: Start date remains August 12th with many precautions in place
July 21, 2020: Alabama Department of Public Health updates Mask Requirement FAQs
The "Safer at Home" Mask Requirement FAQs has been updated to include information on schools (see question 7):
7. Does this requirement apply to schools?
The new mask or facial covering requirement, which expires on July 31, applies in the school setting. The requirement, however, is limited to people interacting with others within six feet of “an indoor space open to the general public, a vehicle operated by a transportation service, or an outdoor public space where 10 or more people are gathered.” Although some areas of school property may be open to the public, others may not. Additionally, the mask and/or facial-covering requirement contains various exceptions, including ones for people who are six years of age or younger and for people with a medical condition or disability that prevents him or her from wearing a facial covering.
July 20, 2020: Baldwin County Health Department - Drive-in COVID-19 testing offered Monday through Friday in Robertsdale
July 16, 2020: Update from Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler: temperature checks, masks required, sanitation and transportation
July 15, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - Adds statewide mask requirement in public places and in close contact situations - effective at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 16th
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday issued her fourteenth supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until July 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
- Mask Order FAQ
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 1
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 2
- Fourteenth Supplemental Emergency Proclamation
Following is the updated information from the amended Safer at Home order, which outlines exceptions:
2. Facial coverings for individuals. Effective July 16, 2020 at 5:00 P.M., each person shall wear a mask or other facial covering that covers his or her nostrils and mouth at all times when within six feet of a person from another household in any of the following places: an indoor space open to the general public, a vehicle operated by a transportation service, or an outdoor public space where ten or more people are gathered. But this facial-covering requirement is subject to the following exceptions.
a. Exceptions for practical necessity. The facial-covering requirement does not apply to:
(i) Any person six years of age or younger;
(ii) Any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents him or her from wearing a facial covering;
(iii) Any person while consuming food or drink, or seated at a restaurant to eat or drink;
(iv) Any person who is obtaining a service (for example, a medical or dental procedure) that requires removal of the facial covering in order to perform the service; or
(v) Any person who is required to remove the facial covering to confirm his or her identity, such as for security or screening purposes.
b. Exceptions for exercise. The facial-covering requirement does not apply to:
(i) Any person who is actively engaged in exercise in a gym or other athletic facility if he or she maintains six feet of separation from persons of another household;
(ii) Any person who is directly participating in athletic activities in compliance with paragraph 11 of this order; or
(iii) Any person who is in a swimming pool, lake, water attraction, or similar body of water, though wearing a face covering or social distancing is strongly encouraged if safe and practicable.
c. Exceptions for effective communication. The facial-covering requirement does not apply to:
(i) Any person who is seeking to communicate with another person where the ability to see the person’s mouth is essential for communication (such as when the other person has a hearing impairment); or
(ii) Any person speaking for broadcast or to an audience if the person maintains six feet of separation from persons from another household.
d. Exceptions to facilitate constitutionally protected activity. The facial-covering requirement does not apply to:
(i) Any person who is voting, though wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged; or
(ii) Any person who cannot wear a facial covering because he or she is actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship, though wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged.
e. Exceptions for essential job functions. The facial-covering requirement does not apply to:
(i) Any first responder (including law enforcement officers, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel) if necessary to perform a public-safety function; or
(ii) Any person performing a job function if wearing a face covering is inconsistent with industry safety standards or a business’s established safety protocols.
Masks or other facial coverings can be factory-made, homemade, or improvised from household items such as scarves, bandanas, or t-shirts. For instructions on how to make a facial covering at home, see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s “How to Make Cloth Face Coverings,” available at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html.
5. Protections for employees. Effective July 16, 2020 at 5:00 P.M., and unless otherwise specified by this order, all employers shall take reasonable steps, where practicable as work duties permit, to protect their employees by:
a. encouraging use of masks and facial coverings;
b. maintaining six feet of separation between employees;
c. regularly disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces;
d. encouraging handwashing;
e. preventing employees who are sick from coming into contact with other persons;
f. facilitating remote working arrangements; and
g. minimizing employee travel.
In addition to complying with the requirements of this paragraph, employers are strongly encouraged to read and implement the Alabama Department of Public Health’s “Guidelines for Safeguarding All Businesses,” available at https://alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/assets/cov-sah-businesses.pdf.
6. Protections for customers, etc. Effective July 16, 2020 at 5:00 P.M., and unless otherwise specified by this order, the operator of any business, government office, or other establishment open to the public shall take reasonable steps, where practicable, to protect their customers, constituents, or other guests by:
a. encouraging use of masks and facial coverings;
b. maintaining six feet of separation between such persons (except for those persons who share the same household); and
c. regularly disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces.
“Safer at Home” Mask Requirement
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When do I have to wear a mask?
You have to wear a mask when you are in public and in close contact with other people. Specifically, the order says to wear a mask when you are within six feet of a person from another household in any of the following places: (a) an indoor space open to the public; (b) a vehicle operated by a transportation service; and (c) an outdoor public space where ten or more people are gathered.
2. Do young children have to wear a mask? What about people who are exercising? In other words, are there any exceptions to the mask-wearing requirement?
There are five categories of exceptions. The largest category, exceptions for “practical necessity,” covers people or situations where mask use is incompatible with the realities of life—for example, children six or younger, people with certain medical conditions or disabilities, eating and drinking, medical and dental procedures, and so on. There are also categories of exceptions for exercise, for communicating with an audience, and for certain essential job functions. An additional category carves out narrow exceptions for protected activities like voting and religious worship—but even then, wearing a mask is strongly encouraged.
3. What kind of face mask is required?
The requirement allows all kinds of masks to be used—whether store-bought, homemade, or improvised from household items like scarves, bandanas, or t-shirts. The key is for the mask to cover your nostrils and mouth. For instructions on how to make your own mask, see the CDC’s “How to Make Cloth Face Coverings,” available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html.
4. I live in a city or county that already has a local mask order. Am I supposed to follow my local order or this new statewide order?
Follow this new statewide order. While this order is in effect, it will replace all local mask rules to provide a uniform, statewide rule.
5. I am a business owner. What does this order mean for my business?
The order requires businesses to take reasonable steps, where practicable, to encourage mask use by employees and customers. One example of a reasonable step might be to post signs encouraging customers and patrons to wear a mask. Although a business is not required to deny entry to people who are mask-less, they always retain the right to do so—and doing so would certainly be a reasonable step to encourage mask use.
6. How long will the new mask requirement be in effect?
The new mask requirement goes into effect Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. It is currently set to expire on July 31, 2020.
July 9, 2020: Update from Baldwin County Schools Superintendent Eddie Tyler: Classes start August 12th - Parents to chose Traditional or Virtual School
June 30, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - extending order to July 31st with no major changes
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday issued an amended Safer at Home Order to be applied statewide. The current order, which took effect on May 22, was previously set to expire on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. but has been extended to expire on July 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m - with no major changes.
As a city, we continue to urge all businesses, visitors and residents to take heed of the CDC and state guidelines concerning social distancing and the need for personal responsibility.
WHAT’S STAYING THE SAME
ENTERTAINMENT VENUES - SUCH AS ARCADES, THEATERS, BOWLING ALLEYS - May open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES - Allowed subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS - May open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
CHILD DAY CARE FACILITIES - May open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
SUMMER CAMP - May open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
INDIVIDUALS - Encouraged to stay home and follow good sanitation practices
EMPLOYERS - Businesses may open subject to sanitation and social-distancing guidelines
RETAIL STORES - All retail stores may open subject to 50% occupancy rate, social-distancing and sanitation rules
MEDICAL PROCEDURES - Allowed unless prohibited in the future by the State Health Ofﬁcer to preserve resources necessary to diagnose and treat COVID-19; providers must follow COVID-19-related rules and guidance from state regulatory boards or public health authorities
SENIOR CITIZEN CENTERS - Regular programming still suspended except meals still available through curbside pick-up or delivery
HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES - Still must implement policies to restrict visitation
NON-WORK GATHERINGS - Still required to maintain 6 feet of distance between persons not from same household
RESTAURANTS, BARS AND BREWERIES - May open with limited table seating, 6 feet between tables and subject to additional sanitation rules and guidelines
ATHLETIC FACILITIES ˙SUCH AS FITNESS CENTERS AND COMMERCIAL GYMS - Athletic facilities may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
CLOSE-CONTACT SERVICE PROVIDERS - Close-contact service providers (such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo services) may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines
BEACHES - Open with no limit on gatherings. Must maintain 6 feet of separation.
To read the full Safer at Home order as amended on June 30, 2020, go to "Governor Ivey extends Safer at Home Order to July 31 with no major changes".
With Alabama's beaches open, it is critical that everyone follow CDC social-distancing guidelines, which will be enforced.
- All beachgoers must maintain a 6-foot distance from others (excluding those living in your home).
- Everyone is encouraged to wear masks while in businesses and restaurants, and the need for personal responsibility is paramount. Having our beaches open is a privilege and each of us has a responsibility to do our part.
Following the CDC guidelines will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help keep our beaches open. For more information about COVID-19, visit the Alabama Department of Public Health website at alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19.
Section of Alabama Point East beach remains closed
While all public-access beaches are open in Orange Beach, please note that a section of the Alabama Point East beach, near the Perdido Pass bridge (shown on map), will remain closed until further notice. The closure has greatly helped the city's enforcement of social distancing guidelines, which includes individuals maintaining a constant 6-foot distance from others (excluding those living in your home).
For up-to-date information about restaurants, businesses and tourism-related issues, visit www.gulfshores.com/plan/coronavirus.
June 26, 2020: "Roadmap to Reopening Alabama Schools" announced by State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey
June 16, 2020: Important notice from Alabama Small Business Development Center
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today. For more information, visit https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
Anyone needing personal assistance, additional information, etc. register for no cost assistance at www.asbdc.org.
May 21, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order
MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday, May 21, 2020 issued an amended Safer at Home Order to be applied Statewide. The order which includes an expanded list of items to reopen will be effective Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. and will expire on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
- Updated Safer at Home Order
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 1
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 2
- Safer at Home Info Sheet 3
- Tenth Supplemental State of Emergency
The Alabama Department of Public Health includes links to the following guidelines in the amended Safer at Home Order:
- Guidelines for Places of Worship
- Guidelines for Safeguarding All Businesses
- Guidelines for Close Contact Personal Service Businesses
- Guidelines for Athletic Facilities
- Guidelines for Entertainment Venues and Tourist Attractions
- Guidelines for Adult and Youth Athletic Activities
- Guidance applicable to public K-12 schools
- Guidelines for Day and Overnight Youth Summer Camps
- Guidelines for Restaurants and Bars
For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Alabama, visit covid19.alabama.gov.
May 18, 2020: PPP Forgiveness Application information from Alabama Small Business Development Center Network
On Friday, May 15, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration released a Loan Forgiveness Application that is designed to educate borrowers on how to apply for PPP loan forgiveness. Additional guidance – for both borrowers and lenders – is still expected from the agency.
The application includes a worksheet that details how to calculate the amount of the loan that can be forgiven and provides a summary of costs eligible for forgiveness. The SBA also provided a list of documents borrowers have to submit with their forgiveness applications.
- U.S. Treasury: CARES Act / PPP Resource Page for Small Business
- SBA Disaster Loan
- Alabama Department of Labor
MESSAGE FROM MAYOR TONY KENNON ABOUT BOATING AND THE ISLANDS
Amid the Coronavirus outbreak and as the city works to keep all citizens safe, Mayor Tony Kennon on Friday, April 3, 2020 wanted to assure the public that the city will be ramping up boating enforcement around the islands near Perdido Pass, if individuals choose to engage in that outdoor activity. Click here to see Mayor Kennon speak about boating and the islands during a Facebook Live video on the morning of Friday, April 3, 2020.
It’s important to understand that the waterways in the city are state owned. While the beaches abutting the Gulf are closed by an emergency state health order, state-owned boat launches remain open as well as the waterways, and boaters are enjoying the outdoors, as they are doing across the state. Bird Island is the largest sandy island closest to Perdido Pass bridge where most boats congregate and it is owned by the state. Next to it is Robinson Island, which is owned by the city, and has a lot less beach area for boats.
Following social-distancing guidelines issued by federal and state health officials as well as President Donald Trump and Gov. Kay Ivey, the city will:
- Enforce a 25-foot distance between boats
- Prohibit boats from tying together
- Use a common sense approach to keeping individuals 6 feet apart
City police and fire personnel have been assigned to patrol the islands and waterways during peak times with multiple vessels and jet skis. One to two officers will be on the islands themselves.
Please help us help you to be able to continue to enjoy outdoor activities around the city. Be safe and follow the guidelines.
Governor Kay Ivey and Alabama Department of Public Health press releases and information:
- Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - extending order, including mask mandate, to August 31st
- Wednesday, July 15, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order - Adds statewide mask requirement in public places and in close contact situations
- Thursday, July 2, 2020: Thirteenth Supplemental State of Emergency: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Tuesday, June 30, 2020: Governor Ivey extends Safer at Home Order to July 31 with no major changes
- Tuesday, June 9, 2020: Eleventh Supplemental State of Emergency: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Thursday, May 21, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order
- Friday, May 8, 2020: Gov. Kay Ivey amends Safer at Home Health Order
- Friday, May 8, 2020: Gov. Ivey issued two supplemental State of Emergencies in order to protect businesses as Alabama’s economy gets up and running again. "As we resume operations," she said, "the very last thing a business owner needs to worry about is a frivolous lawsuit from responding to #COVID19."
- Tuesday, April 28, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Safer at Home Order
- Thursday, April 24, 2020: Governor Ivey Announces Auto Insurers Return More Than $100 Million in Premium to Alabama Policyholders
- Thursday, April 9, 2020: Governor Ivey Launches New COVID-19 Search Engine Tool - Explore new search engine tool at covid19.alabama.gov.
- Tuesday, April 7, 2020: Governor Ivey Announces Ribbons of Hope Campaign
- Monday, April 6, 2020: Governor Ivey Launches State’s Guide to COVID-19 Relief Efforts
- Friday, April 3, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Stay at Home Order - This also includes the extension of the beach closure and restaurant restrictions to April 30, 2020, as well as the closure of non-essential businesses in the state and prohibition of all non-work related gatherings of 10 persons or more, if engaged in allowable outdoor activity.
- Thursday, April 2, 2020: Fifth Supplemental State of Emergency: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - This clears up red tape for healthcare providers fighting COVID-19 and lets local jails release probation or parole violators who’ve been in custody for more than 20 days without a hearing.
- Wednesday, April 1, 2020: Governor Ivey urges Alabama Small Business Owners to prepare now by applying for Federal Financial Relief
- Friday, March 27: Emergency Order for Suspending Certain Public Gatherings Due to Risk of Infection By COVID-19 - This includes the extension of beach closure and restaurant restrictions to April 17, 2020 as well as the closure of non-essential businesses in the state.
- Thursday, March 26: Fourth Supplemental State of Emergency: Coronavirus (COVID-19) - This includes Gov. Ivey's directive, under the state emergency order, to require instruction from home for all public schools in Alabama for the rest of the year.
- Monday, March 23: Governor Ivey delays state tax filings
- Friday, March 20: Governor Ivey Issues Statement on Updated Statewide Public Health Order
- Thursday, March 19: Governor Ivey issues statement on statewide Public Health Order
- Thursday, March 19: Alabama beach closure Questions and Answers provided by governor's office
To see emergency orders issued by the Alabama Department of Public Health, go to http://alabamapublichealth.gov/legal/orders.html.
The City of Orange Beach continues to proactively monitor updates from local, state and federal agencies and health officials about COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) in the U.S. This is a dynamic and ever-changing situation. Follow this page for updates.
The Alabama Department of Public Health is the lead agency in sharing COVID-19 information, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Find information directly at http://alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19 and a hotline - 1-888-264-2256 - has been established for questions related to symptoms and where to get tested in Alabama. For questions at the county level, the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency has set up a hotline at 251-943-5061 and posts regular updates on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BaldwinCountyEMA.
- PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE FROM ORANGE BEACH POLICE: When requesting emergency services, we are always here to serve and protect paradise, but if you have flu-like symptoms, are quarantined, or under self-quarantine and need emergency services, please let the dispatcher know. Sharing this information with emergency dispatchers will allow our first responders to take the necessary precautions to avoid the spread of Coronavirus.
- Most city offices, including City Hall and Community Development, are open with proper health precautions in place. The public is encouraged to handle as much business as possible via phone or online. City Hall can be reached at 251-981-6979 and Community Development at 251-981-2610. Following is a list of city-managed facilities and their status:
- ORANGE BEACH SENIOR CENTER: The Orange Beach Senior Center remains closed until further notice.
- COASTAL ARTS CENTER: The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach reopened on Friday, May 1st and is practicing safe-distancing policies. No individual glass or clay classes are available at this time but the gift shop and gallery resumed normal hours of Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For any questions, call the Coastal Arts Center at 251-981-2787.
- FINANCE DEPARTMENT: The Al Bradley Financial Center’s lobby is closed to the public but the drive-through is open. For your safety and in an effort to minimize personal contact with the public, the city is asking all customers to please use the drive-through at the back of the building until further notice. You may also call the following numbers for additional assistance: Business Licenses/Taxes at 251-980-2159 or 251-981-6781; Sewer/Garbage at 251-981-6096.
- MUNICIPAL COURT: Orange Beach Municipal Court resumed in-person trials and hearings on May 18th. Only individuals with cases set on pre-scheduled dates and times will be admitted in the Orange Beach Municipal Courtroom. All individuals entering the courtroom will be screened and assessed for any potential health concerns (symptomatic, exposure, etc.).
- If you have a case and wish to have a trial, you must contact the Court to schedule a date and time.
- Court offices remain open with a policy of one person allowed at time if you would like to settle your case without having to appear.
- Call the court for further information at 251-981-2444.
- RECREATION CENTER: As of July 17, 2020, the Recreation Center has been closed until further notice due to some employees testing positive for COVID-19. The 24-hour access to the Fitness Center remains accessible with a current membership. When the Rec Center reopens, summer hours will resume - Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center is not doing day passes, guest passes or non-resident memberships at this time. For more information, visit the Recreation Center Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OrangeBeachRecreationCenter.
- AQUATICS CENTER: The Aquatics Center reopened on Friday, May 8th with restrictions in place. Only current members are allowed to use the facility until further notice. Special summer hours will begin Tuesday, May 26th - hours will be Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The center will be closed to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Weekends hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
- GOLF CENTER: The Golf Center is open and is following protocols established by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
- MUSEUM: The Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum has reopened with normal hours - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
- KIDS PARK: The City of Orange Beach’s Edward H. Carroll Sr. Kids Park is open with limited equipment available such as the shaded pirate ship, and swings.
- While most city-managed facilities have reopened, it is at an individual’s discretion to visit, based on recommendations from health officials. Keep in mind the following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and ADPH:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Practice social-distancing strategies such as staying 6 feet apart from other individuals.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Senior adults or those with chronic health problems should avoid large gatherings (outside of close family), and should avoid travel by air, train or bus.
- The Orange Beach Public Library is open with normal business hours and with proper social-distancing protocols in place. To those with concerns, curbside pick-up is available. Call 251-981-2923 for assistance. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is currently not offering in-house programming. Check the library's website at www.orangebeachlibrary.org or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OrangeBeachPublicLibrary for more information on it virtual programming and services. One-on-one tech help and test proctoring is available by appointment only. Call Mr. Jason, our reference librarian, at 251-981-8179 to schedule.
STATEWIDE COVID STATISTICS
(Latest update) As of 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 29th, out of 666,065 people tested there were 9,893 hospitalizations, and 81,572 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alabama - 2,865 in Baldwin County. As of the latest update, 1,489 deaths were reported in Alabama and confirmed to be Coronavirus cases:
- 20 in Baldwin County
- 208 in Jefferson County
- 180 in Mobile County
- 138 in Montgomery County
- 78 in Tallapoosa County
- 61 in Tuscaloosa County
- 59 in Walker County
- 40 in Lee County
- 38 in Chambers County
- 35 in Butler County
- 35 in Elmore County
- 30 in Shelby County
- 28 in Marshall County
- 25 in Hale County
- 25 in Madison County
- 24 in Lowndes County
- 24 in Marion County
- 22 in Dallas County
- 20 in Autauga County
- 20 in Franklin County
- 20 in Covington County
- 19 in Etowah County
- 17 in Dale County
- 16 in Sumter County
- 14 in Escambia County
- 14 in Morgan County
- 13 in Marengo County
- 12 in Choctaw County
- 12 in Macon County
- 12 in Houston County
- 12 in Talladega County
- 11 in Bullock County
- 11 in Greene County
- 11 in Colbert County
- 11 in Limestone County
- 10 in Randolph County
- 10 in Washington County
- 10 in Winston County
- 10 in Conecuh County
- 10 in DeKalb County
- 10 in Cullman County
- Nine in Wilcox County
- Nine in Lauderdale County
- Nine in Pickens County
- Nine in Clarke County
- Nine in St. Clair County
- Seven in Cherokee County
- Seven in Pike County
- Six in Calhoun County
- Five in Fayette County
- Five in Coffee County
- Five in Chilton County
- Four in Barbour County
- Four in Clay County
- Three in Henry County
- Three in Crenshaw County
- Three in Monroe County
- Three in Perry County
- Three in Jackson County
- Three in Blount County
- Two in Bibb County
- Two in Coosa County
- Two in Lamar County
- One in Cleburne County
- One in Russell County
- For the most up-to-date state statistics, go to the ADPH website.
- On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Orange Beach City Council declared a local State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, and authorized Mayor Tony Kennon to take all actions necessary and allowed by Alabama law to protect public health and safety. The declaration will help the city in its response to COVID-19 and the possible future reimbursement of expenses related to the continued protection of the public. Additionally, the council passed an ordinance to ensure proper enforcement of the state emergency order issued by Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health on Thursday, March 19.
HELPING THOSE IN NEED
City ready to help individuals most at risk during COVID-19 outbreak
Mayor Tony Kennon and the City of Orange Beach stand ready to assist residents who are most at risk during the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.
The city is organizing police, fire, logistics, and other city staff and volunteers to help senior adults who are homebound, immunocompromised, or are limited due to chronic health problems, such as COPD and cardiovascular disease.
City staff and volunteers will be able to run errands, get groceries and any other necessities. We can help coordinate and address medical needs through local physicians. The city has spoken to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy and will be in touch with individual pharmacies as we look to pick up medications for senior adults as well.
The city will be working with restaurants and other vendors to provide meals and other services, where possible.
“We are looking at meeting any and all needs during this time,” Mayor Kennon said. “We want to help in any way we can, just please call us.”
The mayor’s office maintains a list of high-risk individuals who city staff and first-responders check on and can assist, as needed. If you or someone you know is in need, please reach out to Mayor Kennon’s office at 251-981-6810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We know that this virus is serious and this is a very scary time, as the unknown always presents the scariest of all scenarios,” Mayor Kennon said. “While there is still much data to be gathered about Coronavirus, we know for a fact that those over 65 and individuals with compromised health are most at risk. We are here to help protect you.”
- The Christian Service Center in Gulf Shores provides food and emergency aid to low-income families in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. The center is located at 317 Dolphin Ave. in Gulf Shores. The phone number is 251-968-5256. If you need help or know someone who does, please call for more information. Due to the Coronavirus, the center is providing assistance by telephone only and can have a care package prepared before clients arrive. The center is also in need of volunteers. Call for more information.
- Christian Life - The Island Church is also providing assistance to those in need. For more information visit, theislandchurch.tv and click on “I Have a Need”.
- Meals on Wheels: https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/.
- Find updates for Orange Beach schools on the Baldwin County Public Schools website at www.bcbe.org.
GULF STATE PARK AND OTHER VISITOR INFORMATION
- Thursday, July 16 Pier Renovation Project Update: Everything, from new hand railing and decking to the handicap-accessible observation deck, has been coming along nicely. Pier upgrades will include a new fish cleaning station, turtle-friendly lighting, refurbishing the restrooms, bait shop and concession area and much more! We have experienced supply chain challenges due to COVID-19, minor storm damage from Tropical Storm Christobal, and addressed deteriorating conditions of the plumbing, electric and water lines. We know how important our pier is to our visitors and our community and have chosen to make the necessary upgrades now, rather than close the pier down again in the future to address these issues. As a result, these setbacks, along with additional upgrades, will push the pier re-opening back to mid-to-late August (weather permitting). We will continue to share progress updates on social media outlets, and we look forward to the special re-opening ceremony!
- Gulf State Park Pier Update, April 14, 2020: Gulf State Park Pier will close for renovation, maintenance work - May 11 through mid-July
- GULF STATE PARK UPDATE, APRIL 9, 2020: Gulf State Park Modifications in Response to COVID-19 Update #2
- GULF STATE PARK UPDATE, MARCH 30, 2020: Gulf State Park Modifications in Response to COVID-19 Update #1
- Events may be postponed or cancelled by the organizers at their discretion. Please contact the event organization to determine the status of a specific event.
- Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism is maintaining an informational page for visitors at www.gulfshores.com/plan/coronavirus.
The Alabama Department of Public Health has helpful information about the Coronavirus on its website at http://alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19 and the CDC provides detailed information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
TESTING FOR COVID-19
- Any individuals who have questions about being tested for COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider to make arrangements for testing. It is important to call your healthcare provider's office before going in to let them know you may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider's office take steps to keep others from getting infected or exposed to COVID-19.
- For individuals who do not have a healthcare provider to call, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has opened a call center for people with questions about being tested for COVID-19. The toll-free number is 1-888-264-2256.
- If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, call 251-341-2819 for testing information and locations in Baldwin County.
HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS IN ORANGE BEACH
SOUTHERN RAPID CARE
Southern Rapid Care knows there is a growing concern as the impact of the Coronavirus continues to evolve. They are open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., offering in-house telemedicine services, and online appointments. Southern Rapid Care is dedicated to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of the community.
Rest assured, they are taking necessary precautions and additional safety measures to decrease COVID-19 risk, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. If you are concerned you have, or have been exposed to Coronavirus, call 1-888-264-2256. If you have a medical emergency please call 911, and notify the dispatcher you suspect you have Coronavirus.
Southern Rapid Care is encouraging everyone to use telemedicine when possible. Its Telemedicine Line is 1-251-284-4469 to schedule an appointment. They are able to speak to you and see you by video from your own home to ensure ongoing care that is as safe as possible. They will also be able to determine quickly whether you need to come into the clinic or if treatment can be provided remotely.
They encourage you to stay hydrated, rest, and seek medical attention when needed. The clinic is located at 25910 Canal Road, Suite D in Orange Beach.
AMERICAN FAMILY CARE
American Family Care Orange Beach is maintaining its usual hours and services and offering a telehealth program. They are open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily.
Due to the safety requirements for COVID-19, they have put several changes in place. The company has put in place a telehealth program to screen those who need testing. You can call 888-881-1048 to talk to a provider. Those who meet the criteria for testing will be directed through a process to be seen at American Family Care and tested. You can also go online to afcurgentcare.com/telecare for screening.
For other illnesses or injuries, come to the clinic at 25775 Perdido Beach Blvd. or call 251-974-3004. They have procedures in place to evaluate you and treat the usual wide range of issues that we can treat without putting you at risk for infection.
DR. RYAN FORBESS - SOUTH BALDWIN MEDICAL GROUP
Dr. Ryan Forbess’ family medicine clinic in Orange Beach, part of South Baldwin Medical Group, remains open and is also offering telehealth calls in some circumstances. He wants to reassure the community that the clinic is here for all of their medical needs while still making their safety his highest priority. He is accepting new patients.
Dr. Forbess’ clinic is at 4223 Orange Beach Blvd., Suite A. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information, call 251-981-2184.
PHARMACIES IN ORANGE BEACH (All hours subject to change)
- CVS Pharmacy - Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 251-974-1590
- Publix Pharmacy at The Shoppes at Palm Pointe - Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 251-980-1445 (Closed for lunch 2-2:30 p.m.)
- Walmart Pharmacy - Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 251-974-1824 (Closed for lunch 1:30-2 p.m.)
- Walgreens - Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 251-981-7019
- U.S. Treasury: CARES Act / PPP Resource Page for Small Business
- SBA Disaster Loan
- Alabama Department of Labor
- A valuable resource is the Alabama Small Business Development Center Network:
Small businesses who are interested in applying for assistance from the SBA and CARES Act programs should first register with the Alabama Small Business Development Center.
The Alabama SBDC provides accurate, up-to-date news for small businesses looking to better understand the assistance programs, helps determine which programs best fit their needs, and serves as a resource to help businesses prepare for the application process – free of charge. The Alabama SBDC leverages its connection with the 62 other SBDC programs in the United States to present the actionable intelligence that concerned small businesses demand.
Assistance is available for businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Live webinars and recorded On-Demand training are available. Visit asbdc.org for additional information and resources.
WHAT IS COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness with symptoms similar to the flu – fever, coughing and shortness of breath. It is NOT the same as other coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans, such as the common cold.
Per the Alabama Department of Public Health, in most cases, people do not need to be hospitalized. Just as with the flu, the virus appears to be most dangerous to people who are older than 65 or those with chronic illnesses and/or compromised immune systems.
Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 appears to occur mainly by respiratory transmission (such as droplets expelled into the air when you cough or sneeze and don’t cover your mouth). How easily the virus is transmitted between persons remains unclear.
The CDC estimates that symptoms of COVID-19 occur within 2-14 days after exposure.
The CDC has developed a test to determine if someone has COVID-19, however there is no vaccine to protect against it nor a specific antiviral treatment for it.
Keep in mind several types of common respiratory viruses are currently circulating in the United States including common coronavirus types, common colds and the flu. So not all people with the symptoms will have COVID-19; they may have the flu.
TOWN HALL MEETING
Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon and the City Council held a mostly virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The town hall meeting had been previously planned to cover updates to the city's after-school programs, Expect Excellence and Camp Sunshine; however, with the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the U.S., and now Alabama, it was decided to shift the meeting to cover pressing topics related to issues facing Orange Beach. Since the coronavirus situation is changing daily, topics discussed in the meeting will become outdated as new information comes to light.
FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control - https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control
Department of Health & Human Services COVID-19 Fraud Alerts - https://www.oig.hhs.gov/coronavirus/fraud-alert-covid19.asp
Baldwin County Public Schools: https://www.bcbe.org/
Baldwin County EMA: https://baldwincountyal.gov/departments/EMA
Coastal Alabama Business Chamber: https://www.mygulfcoastchamber.com/