Closures and Restrictions Due to COVID-19
Official information regarding the number of Coronavirus cases in Alabama: Alabama Department of Public Health
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Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) issued an updated statewide health order on April 3rd to aid in Alabama’s efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Click here to download the complete order: StatewideOrder04032020
Effective Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., every person is ordered to stay at his or her place of residence except as necessary to perform any of the following “essential activities”:
a. To obtain necessary supplies. A person may leave his or her place of residence to obtain the following supplies for himself or herself, for other household members, including pets, or for a loved one or friend who cannot or should not leave home or cannot care for himself or herself:
(i) Food and other consumer goods necessary to maintain a person’s daily routine or to maintain the safety, sanitation, and routine operation of a home or residence;
(ii) Supplies needed to work from home;
(iii) Pharmaceutical prescriptions or other medical supplies;
(iv) Fuel for automobiles or other vehicles or other vehicle supplies;
(v) Materials for distance learning or other education-related purposes; and
(vi) Any other supplies necessary to maintain a person’s or pet’s daily routine or to maintain the safety, sanitation, and routine operation of a home or residence.
b. To obtain or provide necessary services. A person may leave his or her place of residence to obtain or provide the following services for himself or herself, for other household members, including pets, or for a loved one or friend who cannot or should not leave home or cannot care for himself or herself:
(i) Dental, medical, or surgical procedures allowed under paragraph 14 of this Order;
(ii) Government-funded services or benefits;
(iii) Automobile repair services;
(iv) Services vital to the treatment or care of people with physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, or people with substance-use disorders;
(v) Services related to any public or private distance learning activities and education continuity, including all services under education continuity plans approved by the State Superintendent of Education; and
(vi) Any other services necessary to maintain a person’s or pet’s health and safety or to preserve the person’s ability to perform an essential activity as defined in this paragraph.
c. To attend religious services. A person may leave his or her place of residence to attend an event that is a religious worship service, wedding, or funeral in either of the following circumstances:
(i) The event involves fewer than 10 people and the people maintain a consistent six-foot distance from one another; or
(ii) The event is a “drive-in” worship service that adheres to the following rules:
1. All participants shall remain in their vehicles for the entirety of the service;
2. The participants in each vehicle all share the same place of residence; and
3. Participants do not come within six feet of participants in other vehicles.
d. To take care of others. A person may leave his or her place of residence to care for a family member, friend, or pet in another household, or to donate blood, or to transport family members, friends, or pets as allowed by this Order.
e. To work. A person may leave his or her place of residence to perform work at “essential businesses and operations” as defined in paragraph 2 below or to perform essential work-related activities as follows:
(i) Work-related activities to maintain the value of a business, establishment, corporation or other organization, such as managing inventory, ensuring security, and processing payroll and employee benefits;
(ii) Work-related activities to enable people to work or shop remotely from their residences or to allow people to buy products through drive-by, curbside, or door-to-door delivery; or
(iii) Work-related activities that do not require any regular interaction within six feet of another person.
f. To engage in outdoor activity. A person may leave his or her place of residence to participate in outdoor activity that involves fewer than 10 people so long as the person maintains a consistent six-foot distance from other persons.
g. To seek shelter. A person may leave his or her place of residence to seek shelter if required by his or her employment
by an “essential service of business” or if his or her residence is unsafe or at imminent risk of becoming unsafe. A person may also leave his or her place of residence to seek help from providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged people, such as food pantries.
h. To travel as required by law. A person may leave his or her place of residence to travel as required by law enforcement or court order, including the transportation of children required by a custody agreement.
i. To see family members. A person may leave his or her place of residence to visit the residence of other persons who are related to him or her. Anyone leaving his or her home or place of residence as authorized in this order shall take reasonable steps to maintain six feet of separation from other persons.
2. For the purposes of this Order, “essential businesses and operations” means and includes:
a. Government operations, including public safety and first responders, law enforcement, fire prevention and response, courts and court personnel, military, emergency management personnel, corrections, probation and parole, child protection, child welfare, EMTs, 911 call-center employees, all workers and vendors that support law enforcement and emergency management operations and services, and other federal, state, tribal, or local officials or employees;
b. Health-care providers and caregivers, including physicians, dentists, mental health workers, nurses, chiropractors, physical therapists, veterinarians, hospitals/clinics, medical practices, research and laboratory operations, hospice, health care facilities, clinical staff, nursing homes, residential health care facilities, adult day care centers, blood banks, congregate-care facilities, assisted living facilities, elder care, medical wholesale and distribution, home health workers and aides, medical supply and equipment manufacturers and providers, medical waste disposal, hazardous waste disposal, other ancillary healthcare services;
c. Infrastructure Operations, including electric, natural gas, and water utilities, nuclear facilities and other generating facilities, utility poles and components, fuel pipelines and transmission systems, petroleum producers, telecommunications, electronic security and life safety services, wireless communication companies, communications sales and customer support, telecommunication and data centers, cybersecurity operations; businesses and other operations concerned with flood control, aviation, and the maintenance, operation, or construction of dams, airports, ports, roads and highways, and mass transit; automotive sales and repair, vehicle rental and taxi services, network providers (such as Uber and Lyft), freight and passenger rail, motor carriers, pipelines, and other transportation infrastructure and businesses, water and waste water systems, transportation companies such as airlines and bus lines, hazardous waste disposal, hotels and commercial lodging services, and RV parks;
d. Manufacturing facilities, including food processing and production; companies that produce pharmaceuticals, food additives, medical equipment, medical devices and supplies, technology, biotechnology, chemical products, telecommunications products; automotive production and suppliers, airplane, ship, and space vehicle or rocket manufacturers; companies involved in healthcare, energy, steel and steel products, fuel and petroleum exploration and production, lubricants, greases and engine oils, mining, national defense, sanitary and cleaning products, household products, personal care products, products used by any other Essential Business or Operation;
e. Agricultural operations and farms, including food cultivation, livestock, cattle, poultry and seafood operations, transportation of agricultural products, livestock auctions, feedlots, dealers and brokers of livestock, farmer’s markets, feed stores, repairers and suppliers of agricultural equipment, gas, diesel and petroleum suppliers, companies involved with aquaculture, horticulture, and chemicals, including pesticide, herbicide, and fertilizer producers and distributors, forest products businesses, including those involved in forestry operations, logging, manufacture of lumber and paper products; meat processing facilities, rendering facilities and transporters, feed processing facilities, veterinary services;
f. Essential retailers, defined as all supermarkets, food and beverage stores, including liquor stores and warehouse clubs, food providers, convenience stores, office-supply stores, bookstores, computer stores, pharmacies, health care supply stores, hardware stores, home improvement stores, building materials stores, stores that sell electrical, plumbing, and heating materials, gun stores, gas stations; auto, farm equipment, bicycle, motorcycle, and boat supply and repair stores, and businesses that ship or deliver groceries, food, and goods directly to residences;
g. Restaurants and bars;
h. Essential personal services, defined as trash collection, mail and shipping services, home repair, automotive sales and repair; warehouse, distribution and fulfillment centers, kennels, animal shelters, laundromats/laundry service, drycleaners, childcare facilities, public transportation, and providers of business services including security and payroll; funeral, cemetery, and related services;
i.Media operations, including newspapers, digital news sites, television, radio and other media services;
j. Education operations, including educators supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities or other educational institutions, for purposes of facilitating distance learning and education continuity plans approved by the State Superintendent of Education, performing critical research or other essential functions, including public schools preparing and transporting distance-learning materials and meals to eligible students and colleges providing lodging for students (all in compliance with paragraph 12 below);
k. Financial services, including banks and related financial institutions, credit unions, payday lenders, businesses that process credit card and other financial transactions, and other services related to financial markets;
l. Professional Services, including legal services, accounting services, insurance services, real estate services (including appraisal and title services);
m. Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations including businesses, religious and secular non-profit organizations, food banks, homeless shelters and congregate-care facilities;
n. Construction and construction-related services, including building and construction, lumber, building materials and hardware businesses, electricians, plumbers, other construction tradesmen and tradeswomen, exterminators; cleaning and janitorial, HVACR and water heating businesses; painting, moving and relocating services, other skilled trades, and other related construction firms and professionals for maintaining essential infrastructure;
o. Essential public services, defined as services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences and essential businesses and essential business operations, including law enforcement, fire prevention and response, firearm and ammunition manufacturers and retailers, building code enforcement, security, emergency management and response, building cleaning including disinfection, automotive sales and repair, mortuaries and cemeteries;
p. Military or defense operations, including employers and personnel who support the essential products and services required to meet national security commitments, including personnel working for companies and their subcontractors, who perform under contract to the Department of Defense providing materials and services to the Department of Defense and government-owned/contractor-operated and government-owned/government-operated facilities.
q. Essential services or product providers, defined as vendors that provide services or products, including logistics, transportation, and technology support, child care programs and services, medical waste disposal, hazardous waste disposal, services needed to ensure the continuing operation of an essential business or operation, operation of government agencies, and to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public;
r. Religious entities, including religious and faith-based facilities, entities and groups;
s. Federally-designated critical infrastructure, defined as workers and related industries identified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in its “Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response,” as may be amended;
t. Other state-designated essential businesses and operations, defined as businesses and operations deemed essential by the Alabama Department of Public Health or the Alabama Emergency Management Agency; and
u. Support operations for essential businesses and operations, defined as employees, contractors, agents, suppliers, or vendors of an essential business or operation as defined in this paragraph.
3. Operators of “essential businesses and operations” as defined in paragraph 2 may, but need not, issue credentials to their employees verifying their status as an employee of an essential business or operation. The decision to provide any such credentials is left to the discretion of the essential business or operation.
4. “Essential businesses and operations” as defined in paragraph 2 shall take all reasonable steps, for employees and customers, to
(a) avoid gatherings of 10 persons or more and
(b) maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons.
5. Effective March 28, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., the following businesses, venues, and activities shall be closed to non-employees or not take place:
a. Entertainment venues as follows:
(v)Theaters, auditoriums, and performing arts centers
(vi)Tourist attractions (including museums and planetariums)
(viii)Indoor children’s play areas
(ix)Adult entertainment venues
(x)Adult novelty stores
(xiii)Venues operated by social clubs
b. Athletic facilities and activities as follows:
(i)Fitness centers and commercial gyms
(ii)Spas and public or commercial swimming pools
(iii)Yoga, barre, and spin facilities
(v)Sports that involve interaction with another person of closer than 6 feet
(vi)Activities that require use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment
(vii)Activities on commercial or public playground equipment
c. Close-contact service providers as follows:
(v)Nail salons and spas
(vi)Body art facilities and tattoo services
(viii)Massage therapy establishments and services
6. Effective Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., all “essential retailers” as defined in paragraph 2, including grocery stores, pharmacies, and “big box” stores, shall comply with the following rules in addition to any other applicable provisions of this Order:
a. Emergency maximum occupancy rate. Occupancy shall be limited to no more than 50 percent of the normal occupancy load as determined by the fire marshal. This “emergency maximum occupancy rate” shall be posted in a conspicuous place, and enough staff shall be posted at the store entrances and exits to enforce this requirement.
b. Social distancing. An employee of the essential retailer place may not knowingly allow customers or patrons to congregate within six feet of one another.
c. Sanitation. The essential retailer shall take reasonable steps to comply with guidelines on sanitation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alabama Department of Public Health.
7. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Order, a business may continue to operate through curbside pickup, delivery, remotely, or any other method that does not involve a customer entering its building, provided that the business takes all reasonable steps to ensure a consistent six-foot distance between persons.
8. Effective March 28, 2020, at 5:00 P.M., all non-work related gatherings of 10 persons or more, or non-work related gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited.
Alabama Dept of Transportation Facilities
Rest Areas – Restrooms remain open at ALDOT rest areas and welcome centers across the state. Throughout the day, the staff cleans and sanitizes the areas used most frequently by travelers, including door handles, counters, faucets and toilets. In addition, deep cleanings are performed on the restrooms each week. While rest area employees are focused on cleaning at this time, a phone number is posted at each rest area and welcome center for travelers to call if they need information or assistance.
General Operations – ALDOT personnel will continue to monitor and respond to traffic incidents and roadway issues. ALDOT traffic operations and Alabama Service & Assistance Patrol (ASAP) responders will continue serving in areas where they currently operate.
Public Involvement Meetings – All ALDOT public involvement meetings are postponed until further notice.
Permit Operations – Local ALDOT offices will continue to receive and process permits for work on ALDOT right of way. The ALDOT Oversize/Overweight Permit Office will continue to accept and process applications for oversize/overweight vehicles on Alabama highways.
Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
Driver License testing including CDL has been suspended
Has begun curbside check-in and screening at ALEA’s Driver License offices
Asks the public to utilize phone or online license renewal to limit exposure
Colbert County Courthouse
Closed to public until April 4th or later, staff available by phone
Colbert County Rural Water System
Office closed to public, operations continue as normal. 256-386-8504
The March 31st Runoff Election for Alabama has been postponed to July 14th
The Florence Police Department will be temporarily restricting access to their front lobby, Records Division, administrative offices, and police desk. People are encouraged to call 256-768-2728 for NON EMERGENCY questions or needs. Please continue to call 911 for all emergency needs. Phones will continue to be monitored 24 hours a day. Reports will be made available via email. Florence Police Officers remain available to respond to all calls for assistance.
Until April 15, city leaf collection will be handled by call-ins only. Please call 256-760-6460 if you require assistance.
The Florence-Lauderdale Animal Services Department will remain open for adoptions during limited hours. If you have any flu-like symptoms, please do not enter the building. Florence-Lauderdale Animal Services is asking people to avoid surrendering healthy pets at this time. “We’re asking owners who want to surrender their pets but aren’t facing an immediate crisis to hold off for four weeks and surrender at a later date,” said Cheryl Jones, Director at FLAS. “For pet owners who need to surrender immediately, they must contact the shelter to make an appointment.” Animal Services will remain open for business but is limiting its hours of operation to the public. FLAS is also searching for emergency fosters who can take home a pet to reduce the number of animals at the shelter. FLAS has food, supplies and crates they can provide to owners who need them to keep their pet and those who can foster. Reducing intake and maintaining outcomes is essential to avoid overcrowding in the shelter. The World Health Organization has released a statement saying there is no evidence that dogs or cats can be infected or could spread the virus that causes COVID-19. (256) 760-6676.
The Human Resources Department at the City of Florence is constantly evaluating the COVID-19 situation as it evolves and is following CDC guidelines relating to reducing risk to our greatest asset, our employees. While not all possible issues can be foreseen, the Department is committed to making necessary decisions that comply with City policy and keep the best interests of our employees and the City in mind.
All administrative offices are open. They ask that business proceeds by email or phone when possible. https://florenceal.org/contact/contact.php
Florence Municipal Magistrate Office will remain open and accepting payments, bonds, and court filings. They will not have court on Tuesday and Thursday effective immediately through April 21. All cases currently set will be reset and the notice will be received via mail. Any questions, contact their office at 256-760-6625
All “The Club” Florence Senior Center dances, exercise classes, and facility activities are canceled. The NACOLG Senior Homebound program will continue to deliver meals and also deliver to members that generally ride the NACOLG bus. Other seniors may pick up lunches by drive though at “The Club” (450 Country Club Drive) Meals will still be provided by pick up for those that normally drive themselves to the Club. Seniors will need to notify the Club if they plan to pick up their meals.
Arts & Museum Facilities will be temporarily closed to visitors as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The staff will continue to be available during regular hours. The outdoor space at the Indian mound will be open; however, the museum will be closed.
Florence Athletics programs, events, and activities (including practices and games) through the Florence Recreation are currently suspended, and will follow the City of Florence school schedule. All Youth and Adult Athletic programs to include, soccer, baseball, and softball are postponed. All athletic fields will also be closed during this time.
Recreation Centers and programs including Broadway Recreation Center, The Club “Senior Center,” Handy Recreation Center, and Royal Ave Recreation Center are closed. Rentals may be re-scheduled for a later date.
Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum is temporarily closed. Rentals may be re-scheduled for a later date.
Facilities that will remain open include:
- All outdoor parks are open (except for playgrounds)
- Blackberry Trail Golf Course is open
- Tennis Courts are open
- McFarland Campground is open
Due to traffic concerns and your time, please consider making bank draft payments at no cost online here. You can also park on College Street to utilize the drop box (Short Court St./Side entrance).
No visitors are allowed at hospitals by order of the Alabama Department of Public Health
Lauderdale County License Commissioner
- Have closed their lobby until April 6th.
- Continue to operate by drive thru on Short Court Street for car tags, boat licenses, hunting and fishing, and business licenses.
- If you are in need of a drivers license renewal, you need to call upon your arrival at 256-760-5833 to get on the waiting list.
- They will allow one customer in the office at a time for this process.
- Remember all STAR ID’s must be done at the Alabama State Trooper office.
- They strongly encourage you to use the online process at www.lauderdalecountyal.gov or the mail process.
- All March renewals have been extended to April 15th without penalty and on a new purchase of a vehicle, if the 20th day falls between now and April 15th, you have until April 15th to register without penalty.
Cherokee – Closed
Florence – Closed (FLPL At Home resources available here)
Killen – Closed
Lexington – Closed
Muscle Shoals – Offering call-in/curbside pickup
Sheffield – Closed
Tuscumbia/HK – Closed
Natchez Trace Parkway
All comfort stations except the one at the Visitor Center at Milepost 266 in Tupelo, MS, is closed until further notice.
The Alabama Department of Public Health has ordered all restaurants move to carryout/drive-thru only
All schools in the State of Alabama are closed until further notice
Florence “The Club” – Closed
Killen – Closed
St. Florian – Closed
All city parks are closed, including Riverfront Park.
Public access to city offices restricted until March 31st
All city departments will be available by phone
Effective Thursday, March 19th, Sheffield Utilities will be closing the lobby area. If you need assistance or to schedule an appointment, please call 256-389-2000.
They have two drop boxes to accept payments. One is at the main entrance and one is in the parking lot. While they still prefer no cash payments be made to the drop boxes, two employees are present when payments are opened to help ensure accuracy.
By phone, payment can be called in to 1-855-385-9901.
Payments can be made through Smart Hub by either accessing it with the App on your electronic device or by following the link on our website: www.sheffieldutilities.org.
Tennessee Valley Authority
- Visitors restricted at offices and operations facilities
- Public meetings and outreach activities postponed at least 30 days
- Rockpile Recreation Area on the Muscle Shoals Reservation is closed until further notice
Shoals Community Theater – Closed
AMC Theaters – Closed
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