These are the ‘non-essential’ businesses that are closing in Alabama until April 17


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WKRG) — Alabama Governor Kay Ivey on Friday announced the closure of certain non-essential businesses across the state to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

The businesses include entertainment venues, athletic facilities, non-essential “close contact” service establishments, and non-essential retail stores.

Some examples she gave were nail salons, spas, barber shops, gyms and concert venues.

The closure will begin at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. The businesses will remain closed until at least April 17.

The full announcement is in the video below.

Non-work gatherings of ten people or more, as well as non-work gatherings where the six-feet rule cannot be met, are also off the table, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris announced at Friday’s news conference.

The order to close Alabama beaches will also extend until April 17, Dr. Harris said.

Businesses that don’t listen to the order to close can be fined up to $500 per violation, Governor Ivey said.

As of 11 a.m. Friday, there were 567 coronavirus cases statewide. Three deaths have been reported, including one in Mobile County.

Here’s a full breakdown of the closures:

Entertainment venues:
(1) Night clubs
(2) Bowling alleys
(3) Arcades
(4) Concert venues
(5) Theaters, auditoriums, and performing arts centers
(6) Tourist attractions (including museums and planetariums)
(7) Racetracks
(8) Indoor children’s play areas
(9) Adult entertainment venues
(10) Casinos
(11) Bingo halls
(12) Venues operated by social clubs

Athletic facilities and activities:
(1) Fitness centers and commercial gyms
(2) Spas and public or commercial swimming pools
(3) Yoga, barre, and spin facilities
(4) Spectator sports
(5) Sports that involve interaction with another person of closer than 6 feet
(6) Activities that require use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment
(7) Activities on commercial or public playground equipment

Close-contact service providers:
(1) Barber shops
(2) Hair salons
(3) Waxing salons
(4) Threading salons
(5) Nail salons and spas
(6) Body-art facilities and tattoo services
(7) Tanning salons
(8) Massage-therapy establishments and massage services

Retail stores:
(1) Furniture and home-furnishings stores
(2) Clothing, shoe, and clothing-accessory stores
(3) Jewelry, luggage, and leather goods stores
(4) Department stores
(5) Sporting goods stores
(6) Book, craft, and music stores


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