Alabama governor updates COVID-19 response

Kay Ivey, politician serving as the 54th governor of Alabama since 2017.
Kay Ivey, politician serving as the 54th governor of Alabama since 2017.
Published: May. 21, 2020 at 12:34 PM CDT
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At a joint news conference with State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced a change in her Safer at Home order.

Effective May 22 at 5 p.m. and continuing through July 3, Ivey says she is expanding the number of businesses allowed to reopen and the resumption of activities. Click the attachment to read the governor's updated order.

Ivey said 6 feet of social distancing should still be observed and personal sanitation should be a priority. She says she reserves the right to reverse course if infections escalate.

Ivey said citizens, store owners, worship leaders and service providers must practice personal responsibility.

She says additional requirements on social distancing and personal sanitation will be applied to businesses.

Dr. Michael Saag, an infectious disease doctor at UAB who has also recovered from having coronavirus, is concerned a lot of people are going to plow right back into life as it was pre-COVID-19.

Saag says this virus is still active and people should not disregard social distancing just because the order is lifted.

Saag says wearing a face mask helps and washing your hands frequently still matters.