Governor Ivey has announced new amendments to her Safer at Home Order expanding the list of businesses allowed to re-open.
The Governor held a press conference this morning, Friday, May 8, updating Alabamians on the state’s plans to combat the spread of COVID-19. Ivey announced new amendments to her original Safer at Home Order while also extending the state’s public health emergency for another 60 days. These new amendments will take effect on May 11th and will allow for restaurants to reopen dining rooms, however they must maintain strict social distancing guidelines. The order is effect through May 22.

The order was amended as follows regarding restaurants:

Restaurants and similar establishments:Effective May 11, 2020, all restaurants, bars, breweries, or similar establishments shall operate as follows:

  1. Such establishments may continue to offer food for take-out or delivery provided the social distancing protocols, including maintaining a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are followed.
  2. Such establishments are strongly encouraged to offer online ordering and curbside pickup of food.
  3. Hospital food service areas are excluded from this order provided they have their own social distancing plan.
  4. Insofar as such establishments offer on-premises consumption of food or drink, they must limit the party size at tables to no more than eight persons and maintain at least six feet of separation between people seated at different tables, booths, chairs, or stools.
  5. Each employee shall wear a mask or other facial covering that covers his or her nostrils and mouth at all times while in regular interaction with patrons or guests.
  6. Such establishments must disallow self-service by guests at drink stations, buffets, or salad bars.

In addition to complying with the requirements of this paragraph, establishments subject to this paragraph are strongly encouraged to read and implement the Alabama Department of Public Health’s Guidelines for Restaurants and Bars.