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Governor Modifies "Safer at Home" Order to Allow Limited Immunity and More Businesses to Open

On May 8, 2020, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey modified her "Safer at Home" Order to allow more businesses to reopen and to provide, among other things, limited liability immunity to businesses meeting certain criteria. Among the business allowed to reopen are:

1. Close-contact Service Providers including: barber shops, hair salons, waxing salons, threading salons, nail salons and spas, body art facilities, tattoo services, and massage therapy establishments and services provided certain restrictions and requirements set out in the Order are followed.

2. Athletic Facilities again, assuming certain restrictions and requirements set out in the Order are followed.

3. Beaches assuming a person maintains a distance of 6 feet from any other person who is not from the same household.

4. Restaurants and similar establishments assuming certain restrictions and requirements set out in the Order are followed.

5. "Non-Work Related Gatherings" which includes churches provided they can maintain a consistent 6 foot distance between people who are not in the same household.

The Order did not, however, allow certain other businesses to open. Specifically, the following business types remain closed:

1. Entertainment venues such as night clubs, concert venues, tourist attractions (including museums), theaters and the like.

2. Senior Centers except they are allowed to continue curbside food delivery as before.

3. Sporting events

4. Educational Institutions and daycare centers

While many businesses are allowed to re-open, they are required to follow strict guidelines set out in the Order. Before opening your business make sure you are following the requirements set out in the Order. You can find a copy of the order here A copy of Governor Ivey's Order regarding limited liability immunity can be found here

If we can be of assistance in helping you or your business navigate the requirements or assist with getting your business up and running please give us a call.

The information contained in this article should be considered general in nature and does not constitute in legal advice. If you wish to obtain further information on the topic discussed, you should seek legal or other advice specific to your situation. Steven C. Sasser and Sasser Law Firm, LLC are licensed to practice in Alabama and this article should not be seen as an attempt to solicit legal services from outside of Alabama. No representation is made that the quality of legal services performed are greater than the legal services performed by other lawyers.

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