Alabaster declares state of emergency, makes changes to city operations

ALABASTER – The city of Alabaster declared a state of emergency at its City Council meeting on Monday, March 16, and has initiated the city’s Emergency Operations Plan in an effort to minimize exposure and the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

“The goal is to keep our community exposure to a minimum, not overburden medical facilities and clinicians and keep our first responders healthy and able to respond in a time of need,” the city’s press release states.

Declaring a state of emergency grants temporary powers to Mayor Marty Handlon, which allow her to waive the procedures and formalities otherwise required when making decisions.

The city announced the following:

-All events are cancelled, with the exception of Alabaster City Council meetings, which will take place at City Hall or other city facilities.

-City Hall and other city facilities are no longer open for daily general public traffic until further notice. This includes the dog park, the library and the senior center. Spring sports have been delayed until April 6.

-All at-risk city employees have been assigned to work from home. Most non-essential employees have been reassigned or asked to work from home, if possible.

-The city is still open for business, but some adjustments have been made. Methods of communications and interaction may be altered. Each city department has distinct operating procedures that will be adjusted in a way that is appropriate for the services that department provides.

The city asks that residents be patient and understanding as these changes are in the best interest of the health and well-being of all.

The city has added a COVID-19 link on its website, Cityofalabaster.com, where up-to-date information can be found.