Gov. Ivey extends Alabama’s Safer at Home Order as COVID Cases Soar
Updated: Jul 24, 2020
Montgomery, Ala. - Governor Kay Ivey announced today that she is extending Alabama’s Safer at Home order through July 31. The order was set to expire Friday.
Ivey and Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris spoke about the increasing number of cases at a press conference this morning, with Ivey stressing the importance of continued protective measures to alleviate the spread of the virus. “We are still in the thick of the disease, and it is deadly,” said Ivey.
33,000 Alabama residents have contracted COVID-19 since March, and over 800 have died from it. Harris said that 28 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the last 14 days.
There is rising concern that the growing number of cases could eventually strain the state’s healthcare system. The state currently has 275 open ICU beds, 750 hospitalized patients, and 350 citizens are awaiting test results. “Personal responsibility means it is everyone’s responsibility. If we continue going in the wrong direction, and our hospitals are not able to handle the capacity of patients, then we’re going to reserve the right to come back in and reverse course,” Ivey admonished.
The Safer at Home order requires gyms, salons, entertainment venues, and childcare facilities to follow sanitation and social distancing measures. Retail stores must operate at 50 percent capacity, and restaurants are required to limit seating. Additionally, all employees, especially those in close contact professions, must wear masks.
When going outside or entering public spaces, Ivey urged residents to adhere to social distancing guidelines and strongly recommended always wearing a face mask, though not mandated. “You shouldn’t have to order somebody to do what is just in your own best interest and that of the folks that you care about, your family, friends, and loved ones,” said Ivey.
Harris agreed. “It’s in our power to stop this. We all know what we need to do, we need to do that and come together more than ever.”
View Gov. Ivey's press conference here
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