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For the latest news and information regarding coronavirus please refer to the resources below.

Center for Disease Control
Alabama Department of Public Health
Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency
FEMA Rumor Control
South Baldwin Chamber Business Resources
Affordable Care Act Summary
COVID-19 IRS Bulletin

6/30/2020—Gov. Kay Ivey has issued an amended Safer at Home Order to be applied statewide. The current order, which took effect on May 22, was previously set to expire on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. but has been extended to expire on July 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

5/21/2020—Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday issued an amended Safer at Home Order to be applied Statewide. The order which includes an expanded list of items to reopen will be effective Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. and will expire on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. These update affect entertainment venues, athletic activities, educational institutions, child day care facilities and summer camps.

Safer at Home Order

Safer at Home Info Sheet 1

Safer at Home Info Sheet 2

Safer at Home Info Sheet 3

Tenth Supplemental State of Emergency

5/8/2020—Governor Kay Ivey on Friday issued an amended Safer at Home Order to be applied Statewide. The order which includes an expanded list of items to reopen will be effective Monday, May 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. and will expire on Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Safer at Home Order

Safer at Home Info Sheet 1

Safer at Home Info Sheet 2

Safer at Home Info Sheet 3

5/1/2020—

Today Foley Mayor John Koniar announced plans for reopening a number of city offices on Monday, May 4, in conjunction with the state’s new “Safer at Home” order. This gradual easing of restrictions comes about six weeks after shutdowns began on March 16, 2020, due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 A gradual reopening of city offices is planned, beginning with the following offices on Monday, May 4:  Foley’s Municipal Court, lobbies at Community Development, Engineering, the Justice Center, all Fire Stations and Public Works. City curbside recycling will also resume.  The lobby at Foley’s city hall as well as permitting offices have remained open during this time.

For now, the following city buildings will remain closed: Foley’s Public Library, Senior Center, Civic Center, Event Center, the Railroad Museum and the Model Train Exhibit, the Holmes Medical Museum, restrooms in city parks,  basketball courts and the city event train. The Foley Kids Park remains closed, and use of playground equipment in all city parks is still discouraged.  These will be reassessed for potential reopening on May 18.

The mayor thanks residents for their cooperation during these unprecedented times, and requests continued adherence to state and national guidelines designed to keep families safe.  The “Safer at Home” order encourages individuals to stay home and follow good sanitation practices.  Gatherings of ten persons or more are still prohibited and people are asked to maintain six feet of separation.

Additional updates will be posted on the city website at www.cityoffoley.org, the City of Foley Municipal Facebook page, and announced on WHEP 1310 Radio Baldwin and included in The Onlooker.

4/28/2020—Governor Kay Ivey issued a Safer at Home order to be applied Statewide. The order will be effective Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. and will expire on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

In this new order, retail businesses will be allowed to reopen with only 50% occupancy. Anyone who leaves their home is encouraged to wear a face covering, such as a mask in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Also, Alabama beaches will be allowed to open with social distancing still in place.

Work gatherings are still to adhere to the rule of 10 people or less in one area. Gov. Ivey urged employers to make sure that all workplaces are sanitized and clean on a regular a basis.

Also, schools will remain closed. Restaurants, bars breweries are still limited to takeout, curbside delivery. Gyms, barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, and theaters are to remain closed.

Please see this info sheet for guidelines.

To see the complete Safer at Home order visit.

4/10/2020—Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday announced the launch of a COVID-19 search engine tool that enhances the state’s official resource site, altogetheralabama.org. Through a public-private partnership between Yext and the state of Alabama, this innovative platform will provide real-time answers to questions about everything from the virus itself, through a symptom checker that was developed at UAB, to upcoming COVID-19 testing site locations.

This service is free of charge and can be accessed either through altogetheralabama.org or directly at covid19.alabama.gov.

4/3/2020—Governor Kay Ivey on Friday issued a Stay at Home order to be applied statewide. The order will be effective beginning Saturday, April 4, at 5:00 p.m. and will expire Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Read the full order here.

3/31/2020—Foley is operating with essential-only activities as of Tuesday, March 31, following Gov. Ivey’s guidelines issued on March 28 that non-essential activities and businesses be closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read full press release here.

3/30/2020—In order to better align with Gov. Ivey’s guidelines to protect the health and welfare of the public, Mayor John Koniar has declared that city departments will move to essential-only activities on Tuesday, March 31. Read full press release here.

3/30/2020—Alabama governor Kay Ivey has released a video message to Alabamians across the state. Ivey asks people to take social distancing seriously and to stay at home as much as possible. See the video here.

3/27/2020—Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has announced all nonessential businesses statewide are to be closed starting Saturday at 5 p.m.

The closure is scheduled for March 28 through April 17. For the full statement and list of businesses, click here.

3/26/2020—Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has ordered the schools in the state to remain closed through the end of the school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students will continue to learn at home using “alternate methods of instruction” starting on April 6.

State Superintendent of Education Dr. Eric Mackey said the state is working with local school systems to address the lack of internet access in some homes.

3/26/2020—Baldwin County has implemented a new notification and alert system  called AlertBaldwin by  Everbridge.

To join and receive information and alerts related to COVID-19 and other emergency situations in Baldwin County, text “AlertBaldwin” and “BaldwinCovid” (NO SPACE between the words of each keyword) to 888777.

3/26/2020—The 2020 Census is underway and households across America are responding every day. In light of
the COVID-19 outbreak, the U.S. Census Bureau has adjusted 2020 Census operations in order to:
• Protect the health and safety of Census Bureau employees and the American public.
• Implement guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities.
• Ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities.
The table below summarizes the adjustments to operations. Should any additional adjustment
become necessary, the Census Bureau will promptly publish the change in an updated document.

Status of Current Operations

3/25/2020—The Alabama Department of Public Health released an update Wednesday morning with new COVID-19 cases reported in Mobile County. There are now 283 cases in the state. Baldwin county has four. For the full list of counties, click here.

3/23/2020—Gov. Kay Ivey issues third supplemental state of emergency on Monday, March 23, 2020. The proclamation can be found here.

3/19/2020—The Alabama Department of Public Health has released new orders statewide through April 5.

  • All gatherings of 25 persons or more, or gatherings of any size that cannot maintain a consistent six-foot distance between persons, are prohibited. This Order shall apply to all gatherings, events or activities that bring 25 or more persons in a single room or single space at the same time.
  • Any restaurant, bar, brewery or similar establishments shall not permit on-premise consumption of food or drink. Governor Ivey continues to encourage patrons to visit their local eateries for take-out or delivery provided the social distancing protocols include maintaining a consistent six-foot distance between persons are followed.
  • All beaches will be closed effective today at 5:00 p.m. For clarification, the term “beach” means the sandy shoreline area abutting the Gulf of Mexico, whether privately or publicly owned, including beach access points.
  • Preschools and childcare centers will be closed effective at close of school or business today. This shall not apply to licensed childcare centers that provide services exclusively to employees with: State and Local Governments, First Responders (including EMS and Fire Services), Law Enforcement, Hospitals, Nursing Home/Long Term Care Facilities (including Assisted Living and Specialty Care Assisted Living Facilities), End Stage Renal Disease Treatment Centers, Pharmacies and grocery stores.
  • Effective immediately, all Hospitals and Nursing Home/Long Term Care Facilities (including Assisted Living and Specialty Care Assisted Living Facilities) shall prohibit visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations such as maternity and end-of-life.
  • All elective dental and medical procedures shall be delayed, effective immediately.

3/19/2020—Baldwin County officials have been adapting emergency procedures more commonly used for hurricanes to prepare for a pandemic response expected to last weeks if not months.

The County Commission voted to close many Baldwin facilities to the public, although employees remain at work and services are still available through online services, by telephone or the mail.

Here is a list of all Baldwin County facilities and services that are currently closed.

3/19/2020—Effective Friday at 7 a.m., the City of Gulf Shores will close all of its public beach access points for two weeks until April 5th

3/16/2020—Because the disease spreads through social contact, as of Monday, March 16, the Graham Creek Nature Preserve Interpretive Center will be closed until further notice, and recreational youth sports leagues and boards created by the city council will not meet until further notice. The Foley Kids Park will be closed. Other city parks will remain open. Please practice social distancing when visiting the parks.

Many widely-held events scheduled between now and April 15 have been canceled or postponed, following guidelines that gatherings of over 50 people are prohibited. This includes the Census 2020 event, Forward City Con and the early April Historic Foley Walking Tours. Events planned after April 15 will be reviewed at a later date. Anyone with a scheduled event at a city facility is asked to please contact the city meeting facility directly.

3/16/2020—The Alabama Department of Public Health have released new recommendations involving public gatherings. State leaders are now recommending mass gatherings should not exceed more than 10 people or more. This includes sporting events, parades, retail storefronts, or restaurants. Seniors and those with chronic health issues should avoid travel by air, train, or bus.

3/15/2020—Mayor John Koniar has declared that the following city-managed facilities will be closed to the public beginning Monday, March 16, because of corona virus concerns.
This includes Foley’s public library, senior center, welcome center, railroad museum, model train exhibit and the Holmes Medical Museum.
Despite these closings, employees will still report for work.
At this time, residents are encouraged to avoid large groups.
The Foley City Council will meet Monday, March 16, at 5:30 p.m.

3/13/2020—The city of Foley is closely monitoring the evolution of coronavirus by working with local, state and federal authorities. Currently, there are no restrictions on travel anywhere in the domestic United States including the State of Alabama.

In accordance with CDC recommendations, we are encouraging everyone to stay home when sick, avoid close contact with people who are sick, wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Look for hand sanitizer located conveniently in all of Foley’s public buildings. Everyone is encouraged to use sanitizer or wash their hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs.

School Closures

3/17/2020—As a result of further discussions, there will be NO SCHOOL for students tomorrow. Our goal was to assist families who had few options for child care or needed time to make arrangements for their children. Based on attendance numbers from today and yesterday, we feel as though that mission was accomplished, and we have given parents ample opportunity to make arrangements.

Kindergarten through 12th grade parents may come to our campuses through Friday at 4 p.m. to pick up the educational enrichment packets and Chromebooks as directed by your local principal and teachers.

Our teachers will be dismissed at the close of business today for the closure. Teachers will remain available via electronic communications.

After Friday of this week, all school facilities including central office, will be closed. All staff and employees of the system will remain on call and will remain working throughout this closure though they may not be in office or on campus.

3/13/2020—All K-12 schools in Alabama will close upon dismissal on Wednesday, March 18, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Kay Ivey announced Friday during a press conference in Montgomery. Classes will resume Monday, April 13 following the Baldwin County Public School’s scheduled spring break.

Foley Sports Tourism

3/13/2020—Yesterday a number of national governing bodies released statements canceling or postponing all sanctioned events and as a result, a number of our events have been impacted.

  • Perdido Soccer Shootout Boys Weekend scheduled for this weekend, March 14 – 15 has been canceled.
  • Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament scheduled for next weekend, March 21 -22 has been postponed to April 25 – 26.
  • The Jubilee Jam Lacrosse Tournament scheduled for next Saturday, March 21 has been canceled.
  • Optional State/Xcel Gymnastics meet scheduled for March 27 – 29 has been canceled.

We are working closely with our event planners and kept them abreast of the increased efforts on the part of FST to keep our facilities safe and clean. Often times, however, their hands have been tied by the governing bodies which sanction their events. Our planners love every opportunity they have to #PlayFoley not just because of our facilities, but in great part because of the incredible hospitality you provide outside of their tournaments. While some of these events may cancel or postpone these planners are already attempting to get back on the FST calendar as soon as possible and return with their participants to Foley.