Governor Kay Ivey

Occupancy Restrictions Removed in Gov. Ivey’s Amended Safer at Home Order

Gov. Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris have just updated Alabama’s Safer at Home Order to abolish restrictions on occupancy rates. The order is effective immediately and applies to retail stores, gyms and fitness centers and entertainment venues. An exception to social distancing guidelines is allowed for barbershops, hair salons, gyms, and restaurants if people wear mask…

Charlie Graddick Resigns as Director of Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles

Charlie Graddick has resigned as director of the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. Gov. Kay Ivey has issued this statement: “Charlie Graddick has dedicated his entire life to public service, and he has answered the call numerous times throughout his long, illustrious career, going back to when he was elected Mobile County District Attorney at age 28. “When I…

Gov. Kay Ivey Orders Tourists to Evacuate Alabama Beaches Ahead of Hurricane Delta

With Hurricane Delta on a track to make landfall on the Gulf Coast late this week, Gov. Kay Ivey has ordered that tourists on Alabama’s beaches evacuate ahead of the storm. “Working with local leaders in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Dauphin Island and the unincorporated areas of Ono Island and Fort Morgan, it has been determined that all visitors and…

Gov. Kay Ivey Issues State of Emergency for Hurricane Delta

Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a State of Emergency for Hurricane Delta, which is making its way toward the Gulf Coast this week. “As our coastal areas are still recovering from Hurricane Sally, another system, Hurricane Delta, is making its way toward the Gulf Coast and could potentially have a significant impact on Alabama,” Ivey said in a statement. Ivey…

Alabama’s Beaches Reopening Friday Morning

Gov. Kay Ivey is reopening Alabama’s beaches, effective at 6 a.m. Friday morning.  They had been closed on September 14 when Ivey issued a State of Emergency just before Hurricane Sally hit the Alabama coast. Sally slammed into the coast September 16, damaging homes and businesses and sliced the Gulf Shores State Park Pier in half. The beach reopenings are…

Alabama’s Face Mask Mandate Extended; Visitors Now Allowed in Health Care Facilities

Gov. Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris held a news conference this morning to update the state on Alabama’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The news conference was carried live on Alabama News Network. Ivey is extending the state’s mask mandate until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8. It had been due to expire on Friday. Most…

Update: Gov. Kay Ivey Closes Beaches, Recommends Evacuations in Vulnerable Areas South of I-10

In addition to the State of Emergency that Gov. Kay Ivey issued this morning in advance of Hurricane Sally’s expected impact on Alabama, she has taken further action this afternoon. Gov. Ivey released this statement: “Through a supplemental state of emergency declaration, I am closing all Alabama beaches effective today at 3:00 p.m. and recommending an evacuation, especially of non-residents,…

Extended State-Wide Mask Mandate: Details and Reaction

Governor Kay Ivey announced Thursday she is extending the Safer at Home order, which was set to expire Monday August 31st. This extension comes as the number of COVID-19 cases in Alabama continues to decline. State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said wearing face coverings is the main reason for the decline… and also why the mask mandate is being…