Governor Ivey Extends Safer at Home Order and Mask Mandate to April 9

March 4, 2021
Proceeding with Caution graphic, 3.4.2021

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday issued her twenty-third supplemental emergency proclamation extending the 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 order extends until Friday, April 9, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. 

Governor Ivey: "Our new, modified order will include several changes that’ll ease up on some of our current restrictions, while keeping our mask order in place for another 5 weeks, until April 9. After April 9th, I will NOT keep the mask order in effect."

WHAT’S NEW

HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES
Subject to reasonable restrictions, patients and residents will be allowed visits from as many as two caregivers (up from one) or as many as two visitors (up from one) at a time

SENIOR CITIZEN CENTERS
Programs other than congregate meals may resume, but only outdoors and subject to guidelines by the Alabama Department of Senior Services. Meals still available by curbside pick-up or delivery

RESTAURANTS, BARS AND BREWERIES
Still may open, but with no limit on party size at tables. Still required: Partitions or 6 feet between tables and additional sanitation rules and guidelines

SUMMER CAMP
Still may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines. The social-distancing requirement was changed to mirror the one used for schools.

WHAT’S STAYING THE SAME

MASKS
Masks required in public when interacting within 6 feet with people of another household, subject to certain exceptions. Masks required in schools and colleges, where possible, for employees and students in second grade and above.

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

INDIVIDUALS
Encouraged to stay home and follow good sanitation practices

EMPLOYERS
Businesses may open subject to sanitation and social-distancing guidelines

RETAIL STORES
Subject to 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

NON-WORK GATHERINGS
Still required to maintain 6 feet of distance between persons not from same household ATHLETIC FACILITIES °SUCH AS FITNESS CENTERS AND COMMERCIAL GYMS˛
Athletic facilities may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines. Partitions allowed.

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. Partitions allowed.

BEACHES
Open with no limit on gatherings. Must maintain 6 feet of separation.