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New State Health Department Regulations to Impact City of Huntsville

Published on March 19, 2020

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The Public Health Officer for the State of Alabama released a new list of stringent containment policies for communities to follow to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. These include full school closures, senior center closures, preschool and childcare closures, nursing home restrictions, delayed elective-medical procedures, limited gatherings of no more than 25 persons, bar closures, and no on-premise consumption of food and beverages in restaurants.

Mayor Tommy Battle said the City of Huntsville will immediately follow these policies in the best interest of public health.

“This is a challenging time for our communities. I remain grateful for the way our residents and businesses have been working together to adhere to the public health guidelines and support each other in this time of need.

To our business community, as a former restaurateur, my heart goes out to you, and to all of our companies and residents whose lives have been disrupted by this virus.  The Alabama Department of Public Health has determined these precautions are necessary and we will follow their guidance.”

Mayor Battle reiterated that Huntsville residents should remain calm but must take coronavirus seriously. “We’re a smart community, and we’ll be smart about stopping this virus. Let’s continue to fully follow health recommendations for social distancing, to remain six feet apart, and wash hands regularly.”