Governor Kay Ivey issues State of Emergency; suspends COVID-19 orders ahead of severe weather

 Governor Kay Ivey issues State of Emergency; suspends COVID-19 orders ahead of severe weather
Gov. Ivey addresses Alabamians ahead of Easter Sunday. (Source: Governor's Office)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WBRC) - Governor Kay Ivey has issued the a State of Emergency, suspending all COVID-19 orders, as the state braces for severe weather.

Ivey’s statement reads as follows:

“On this Easter Sunday, Alabama faces the potential for inclement weather, and we want all Alabama families to be prepared for whatever comes our way. Any provision of the COVID-19 orders is suspended to the extent that its application or enforcement would endanger any person affected by tonight’s severe weather. Shelters and community safe rooms should remain open and accessible to all individuals seeking refuge from this severe weather, while implementing reasonable practices and procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among those seeking shelter. My fellow Alabamians, stay vigilant, and stay safe this Easter Sunday.”

See the entire proclamation below.

With severe weather expected to impact our state Easter Sunday, many people rely on community shelters for protection. But Governor Ivey’s shelter in place order and nationwide social distancing recommendations created some uncertainty about whether or not it is safe or even legal to leave your home.

Today Gov Ivey released the statement Saturday clarifying that it is okay to leave your home to go to a shelter.

“Unfortunately, Alabama is far too familiar with the unpredictability of severe weather. Our state stands prepared and ready to face whatever Mother Nature brings, even amidst a health pandemic. Both the National Weather Service and the State Public Health Department remind Alabamians that the use of shelters and other resources take precedent, should the need arise. The safety and protection of Alabama lives is paramount. Be sure to tune in to your trusted weather source, and stay weather aware throughout this holiday weekend.”

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