Coronavirus

Officials Urging People to Avoid Gatherings of More Than 50 People

The Alabama Department of Public Health is urging people to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people, unless they can maintain a 6-foot distance between others. The advice follows guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alabama’s governor is giving state agencies permission to allow their employees to work from home. Gov. Kay Ivey said on Twitter Sunday…

CDC: Events with 50 People or More Should Be Canceled for Eight Weeks

The Centers for Disease Control has issued a recommendation that is designed to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Here is the statement from the CDC: Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events…

Virus: Legal opinion sought on any Alabama runoff delay

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill is seeking an emergency legal opinion about the possibility of postponing the March 31 primary runoff because of the threat of coronavirus. Merrill said he is seeking guidance from the attorney general’s office. Merrill said he will recommend the runoff be postponed if the attorney general’s office agrees. Alabama has…

Equal Justice Initiative Closing Montgomery Sites Because of Coronavirus

The Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative has announced that it will be closing the Legacy Museum, National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Peace and Justice Memorial Center in response to the coronavirus. The closures became effective at 5 p.m. today. EJI says the sites will remain closed for the rest of the month. If you purchased tickets to visit…

Alabama’s Coronavirus Cases Rise to 22

This is the latest on the coronavirus situation in Alabama from the Alabama Department of Public Health as of Sunday evening: In December 2019, a new (or novel) human coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) type emerged in China. At this time, it’s unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people. Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory…

Mayor Steven Reed Activates Montgomery Emergency Operations Center

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed and public safety officials have activated the Montgomery Emergency Operations Center in response to the coronavirus. “As the tip of the spear for central Alabama, Montgomery is ready,” Mayor Reed said in a statement. “At this very moment, we are standing up our Emergency Operations Center and ready to take immediate action on any and all…

Wind Creek Extends Closing to March 30

Wind Creek announced Sunday that it will keep all Alabama properties closed until March 30. On Saturday, Wind Creek originally announced it will voluntarily close its properties for a 24-hour deep clean after a patron with COVID-19 visited the resort in Wetumpka. All properties were scheduled to reopen on Monday at 6 a.m. The company announced that there have been…

Local Churches Cancel Services After CoronaVirus Cases

Churches across the world have been taking precautions to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. That includes our local churches. Some church parking lots were a less full than normal Sunday, after pastors and other church leaders made decisions to keep their members safe from catching or spreading COVID-19. “We’re keeping doors open during entry and exit times to…

Cheap Fares Luring Travelers to Fly Despite Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic that’s caused many Americans to avoid airports has others booking spur-of-the moment trips at dirt-cheap ticket prices. The U.S. government has restricted travel from most of Europe as well as Iran and China. But there are no limits on flying within the U.S. or to and from other destinations abroad. Airlines have been slashing prices to cope…

Lottery, Casino Bills Filed in Alabama but Outlook Unclear

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Proposals to start a state lottery _ or to allow the Poarch Band of Creek Indians to have casino games _ have been filed in the Alabama Legislature, but it is unclear when the bills will get a vote. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has asked lawmakers to hold off on gambling debates as she awaits a…