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April 3, 2020

ORDER OF THE STATE HEALTH OFFICER

WHEREAS Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been detected in Alabama; and
WHEREAS the appearance of COVID-19 in the State poses the potential of widespread
exposure to an infectious agent that poses significant risk of substantial harm to a large number
of people; and
WHEREAS the State Board of Health has designated COVID-19 to be a disease of
epidemic potential, a threat to the health and welfare of the public, or otherwise of public health
importance; and
WHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, on recommendation of the State Health Officer, Kay
Ivey, Governor of the State of Alabama, declared a state public health emergency exists in the
State of Alabama; and
WHEREAS, on March 16, 2020, the Jefferson County Health Officer, in response to a
rapidly growing number of cases of COVID-19 being detected in Jefferson County, issued an
order suspending certain public gatherings in that county; and
WHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, the State Health Officer issued a similar order for
counties surrounding Jefferson, including Blount, St. Clair, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, and Walker
Counties, and
WHEREAS, on March 19, 2020, the State Health Officer issued an order, and on March
20, 2020, and March 27, 2020, amended orders, of statewide application suspending certain
public gatherings; and
WHEREAS further social distancing measures are necessary to be implemented on a
statewide basis to prevent the spread of COVID-19; and
WHEREAS Ala. Code § 22-2-2(4) authorizes the State Health Officer, on behalf of the
State Board of Health, to direct that conditions prejudicial to health in public places within the
State be abated;
NOW THEREFORE, THESE PREMISES CONSIDERED, it is ordered that the
following Stay at Home order be implemented statewide:
1. 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 sixfoot


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