List of business types ordered to close in Alabama, including public playgrounds


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UPDATE 3/28/20 AT 9:20 P.M. – In response to questions about public gatherings regarding the health orders from March 27, the Alabama Department of Public Health is issuing these clarifications:

  • No non-work gatherings of ten or more people are permitted.  
  • No non-work gatherings of less than ten people are permitted, unless a consistent six-foot distance between persons can be maintained.  
  • A specific list of nonessential businesses was included in the health order issued yesterday. Businesses not included on this list are permitted but must take all reasonable steps to avoid gatherings of ten or more persons and to maintain a six-foot distance between persons. 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey ordered the closure of some businesses in order to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Her order also narrowed the permitted non-work gatherings to no more than 10 people, down from 25.

Businesses like nail salons, day spas, gyms and concert venues would be ordered to close until April 17.

On Twitter, Governor Ivey released a copy of the order which spells out what types of businesses are included.

The order goes into effect on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. And it identifies the non-essential businesses and venues as such:

Entertainment Venues

  • Night Clubs
  • Bowling alleys
  • Arcades
  • Concert venues
  • Theaters, auditoriums and performing arts centers
  • Tourist attractions (including museums and planetariums)
  • Racetracks
  • Indoor children’s play areas
  • Adult entertainment venues
  • Casinos
  • Bingo halls
  • Venues operated by social clubs

Athletic Facilities

  • Fitness centers and commercial gyms
  • Spas and public or commercial swimming pools
  • Yoga, barre and spin facilities
  • Spectator sports
  • Sports that involve interaction with another person of closer than 6 feet
  • Activities that require the use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment
  • Activities on commercial or public playground equipment

Close-contact service providers

  • Barbershops
  • Hair salons
  • Waxing salons
  • Threading salons
  • Nail salons and spas
  • Body-art facilities and tattoo services
  • Tanning salons
  • Massage-therapy establishments and massage services

Retail stores

  • Furniture and home-furnishing stores
  • Clothing, shoe and clothing-accessory stores
  • Jewelry, luggage and leather goods stores
  • Department stores
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Book, craft and music stores

State health officer Scott Harris read the order in its entirety. He said specifically the order does not include gun stores. The governor’s office has gone as far as saying “if it’s not on the list, it’s not closed.”

“Folks this is incredibly disappointing news to deliver,” Ivey said. “But this is a matter of life and death.”