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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Additional Closures and Increased Precautionary Measures Following Revised Public Health Order

Coronavirus

Today, Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health released an updated public health order extending the suspension of certain public gatherings: 

  • 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.  

Effective Saturday, March 28, the following City facilities will be closed to the public: 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. 

The following city facilities will remain closed to public access until Friday, 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. 

 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 visiting https://www.gulfshoresal.gov/619/Online-Services. 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 on the City website at https://www.gulfshoresal.gov/directory. 

All Gulf Shores Municipal Court hearings scheduled between March 13 and April 16 will continue to be rescheduled on a case by case basis for future dates. All cases that only require payment can pay online at www.gulfshorespay.com, call 251.237.8711 to make payment by phone. 

“We are hopeful that these precautionary measures will minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community,” said Mayor Robert Craft. “The safety of our residents and visitors continues to be our first priority and we are ready to take whatever action is necessary to get through this health crisis. We want to thank all of the healthcare workers and first responders continuing to work and care for our community, while putting their own health at risk during this time. We would not be able to get through this without you.” 

The City of Gulf Shores will continue to provide public updates at www.gulfshoresal.gov and through social media as they become available. The public is encouraged to sign up to receive update notifications by visiting our website and clicking the “Notify Me” button. 

For specific questions or information related to the governor’s health order visit the Alabama Public Health’s website http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019coronavirus.html. For more information and health resources on COVID-19, please visit the Center for Disease Control’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. 

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