State health officer closing certain types of businesses statewide to help combat spread of COVID-19

WINSTON COUNTY - With the number of  confirmed cases of coronavirus-2019 or COVID-19 increasing it seems by the minute within Alabama, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris put out a new health order effective Saturday, March 28, at 5 p.m. for the following types of  "non-essential" businesses to be closed to non-employees:

  • Barber shops
  • Hair salons
  • Waxing salons
  • Threading salons
  • Nail salons and spas
  • Body-art facilities and tattoo services
  • Tanning salons
  • Massage therapy establishments and massage services
  • Fitness centers and commercial gyms
  • Public or commercial swimming pools
  • Activities that require use of shared sporting apparatus and equipment
  • Activities on commercial or public playground equipment
  • Furniture or home furnishing stores
  • Clothing, shoe and clothing accessory stores
  • Jewelry, luggage and leather goods stores
  • Department stores
  • Sporting goods stores
  • Book, craft and music stores
  • Night clubs
  • Bowling alleys
  • Arcades
  • Concert venues
  • Theaters, auditoriums and performing arts centers
  • Tourist attractions (including museums and planetariums)
  • Racetracks
  • Indoor children's play areas
  • Adult entertainment venues
  • Casinos
  • Bingo halls
  • Venues operated by social clubs


Also, as of 5 p.m. Saturday, March 28, all dental, medical or surgical procedures shall be postponed until further notice, subject to the following exceptions:

  • Dental, medical or surgical procedures necessary to treat an emergency medical condition.  Emergency medical condition is defined in this order as a medical condition that manifests with acute symptoms of sufficient severity (such as severe pain, psychiatric disturbances and/or symptoms of substance abuse) such as the absence of immediate medical attention could reasonably be expected by a person's healthcare provider to play the person's health in serious jeopardy or cause serious impairment to bodily functions.
  • Dental, medical or surgical procedures necessary to avoid serious harm from an underlying condition or disease or necessary as part of a patient's ongoing and active treatment.

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