Alabaster lifts curfew, reopens tennis courts

FROM STAFF REPORTS

ALABASTER – Alabaster has lifted some of its restrictive measures in light of Alabama’s amended health order related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Gov. Kay Ivey held a press conference on April 28 amending the existing health order with “Safer at Home” guidelines effective at 5 p.m. on April 30 through May 15.

Alabama has not yet achieved the federal criteria for moving into full Phase 1 reopening, as the state has not had a 14-day decline in positive tests.

“The good news is we have flattened the curve, but we need to remain diligent in our efforts to minimize the spread,” read a press release from the city of Alabaster. “We know this season continues to be very difficult for many still in the waiting period. Our hearts go out to all those experiencing the negative financial impact.”

The amended health order allows the opening of some retail establishments and elective medical services, with conditions of limited occupancy and the strong recommendation for face coverings worn by employees and customers.

In light of the amended health order, the city is amending some of the restrictive measures in place since March 16, including lifting the curfew and opening the tennis courts at Alabaster Municipal Park and the green spaces in all city parks during normal park hours—from dawn to dusk.

The governor’s order continues to limit non-work gatherings to less than 10 and recommends non-family social distancing of at least 6 feet.

The restrooms, playground equipment, dog park and pavilions at city parks will remain closed during this time.

“Continued diligent compliance from our community can be a major contributor to our state achieving the desired consistent decline in positive cases, as well as the journey to recovery for many in reopening more businesses,” the press release stated. “We understand the positive emotional and mental health benefits of being able to get outside of our homes, for a chance of scenery and/or physical activity. We are fortunate to have wonderful parks, and they are perfect places to be able to enjoy the beautiful creations of spring. It is our hope everyone will continue to realize the seriousness of this virus and take personal responsibility required for the safety of yourselves and others, for whom you may come in contact.

“We cannot thank you enough for patient understanding and intentional efforts to do your part during this challenging time.”