What you need to know about the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
The City of Gulf Shores continues to stay in touch with health officials in regard to public health concerns related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Alabama Department of Public Health has set up a call center for people wanting information about being tested for the coronavirus. The number is 1-888-264-2256.
Current COVID-19 updates
- March 27, 2020 City of Gulf Shores Press Release - Updated City Closures
- March 27, 2020 Updated Alabama Public Health Order
- March 19, 2020 Alabama Statewide Social Distancing Order
- March 19, 2020 Gov. Kay Ivey Issues Statewide Health Order - All Alabama Beaches Closed
- March 18, 2020 Press Release - Local State of Emergency
- March 17, 2020 Press Release
- March 13, 2020 Press Release
City Closure Updates:
- All beaches are to remain closed through April 17, including both publicly and privately-owned beaches.
- All restaurants, bars, breweries and similar establishments (such as ice cream shops) are closed to dine-in customers through April 17. Many area restaurants are offering take-out or delivery as an alternative.
- Other non-essential businesses, venues and activities are to close March 28 and remain closed through April 17. These include entertainment venues, athletic facilities, close contact service providers and retail stores.
In accordance with the revised statewide health order Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft and City Council have closed additional facilities to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
The following City facilities will be closed to the public through April 17: Activity Center, City Store, Cultural Center,
David L. Bodenhamer Recreation Center, Erie H. Meyer Civic Center, George C. Meyer Tennis Center, Gulf Shores Museum and The Thomas B. Norton Library. Gulf Shores Sportsplex, Gulf Shores Dog Park, Kids Park, Skate Park, all outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds, all picnic pavilions, outdoor fitness equipment, public restrooms, drinking fountains, benches and picnic tables.
The open spaces of Sims Park, Meyer Park, and Wade Ward Park, Canal Park boat launch and Mo’s Landing Park and boat launch remain open. Group sizes are limited to 10 people and social distance of 6 feet between people must be observed.
All recreation programs are suspended through Friday, April 17. All spring youth sports seasons including baseball, softball and T-ball have been cancelled.
All City-sponsored events are cancelled through Friday, April 17.
All City offices will continue to be open for business but are restricting public access until Monday, April 20. Any person or business needing to apply for a Business License, Building Permit, submit plans for Planning and Zoning review, or conduct other city business should do so online by clicking here. Anyone needing assistance not accessible online MUST contact the appropriate department by phone instead of visiting in person. A directory of department phone numbers is provided here.
- All Gulf Shores Municipal Court hearings scheduled between March 13 and April 16 will be rescheduled on a case by case basis for future dates. All cases that only require payment can pay online at www.gulfshorespay.com, or call 251.237.8711 to make a payment by phone. For assistance or additional questions please call 251.968.6780.
Ways to prevent COVID-19
It is important that we and our community members practice non-pharmaceutical measures such as respiratory etiquette (covering cough/sneeze) as well as proper hand hygiene. These activities reduce the transmission of the coronavirus as well as a number of other bacteria and viruses. The confirmed number of cases of COVID-19 are increasing with the increasing test availability. You can find updated numbers on people under investigation and confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. from the COVID-19-Coronavirus website.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure to the virus. However, the following preventative measures can help prevent the spread of respiratory disease:
- WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER for 20 seconds – If soap is unavailable, use an alcohol based (60%) sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover mouth and nose with a tissue, or cough or sneeze into your elbow
- Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently touched
- Avoid contact with those who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick or not feeling well
- Practice "Social Distancing" by maintaining six feet of separation between you and other people
- Avoid gatherings of 10 or more