The Lawrence County Judicial and Administrative Center will reopen to the public on Monday with some restrictions according to Alabama’s Safer at Home order, amended Friday by Gov. Kay Ivey.
Though Ivey’s new order lifts restrictions on gatherings of 10 or more people, the gathering still requires facilities to maintain 6-foot social distancing rules.
Lawrence County Commissioner Chairperson Bobby Burch said the courthouse would reopen Monday and allow up to 15 visitors on the first floor, and up to 10 visitors each on the second and third floors, where court hearings are held.
Burch said a security team headed by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office would be available at the entrance to direct visitors and maintain the 15-10-10-person limits.
"We have been consistent with the governor's orders," Burch said. "Now that the 10-person limit is lifted, we feel confident we can handle up to 15 people on the ground floor while maintaining those social distancing guidelines. If everything continues to go well after reopening, and we feel we can allow more in at one time, we'll likely revisit the plan to do so."
Sheriff Max Sanders said his office will also reopen to the public on May 11.
He said visitors seeking to renew or obtain a pistol permit will be allowed into the office three at a time. He said applications are still available by mail, but Sanders urges customers not to mail in cash.
According to the revised Safer at Home order released on Friday, restaurants, churches, salons and barbershops, and gyms will be able to reopen on Monday, May 11, as well.
Restaurants may reopen dining rooms as long they reduce facility occupancy by 50 percent and seat tables at least 6-feet apart from one another.
Salons, barbershops and similar establishments may reopen according to further guidelines that will be developed by the state cosmetology board, and gyms and fitness centers may resume following strict sanitation and social distancing guidelines as well, Ivey said on Friday.
Ivey said additional revisions to the order, which is now set to expire on May 22, may be announced in the middle of next week. Entertainment venues and theatres will remain closed until further updates are issued.
Ivey said she continues to urge Alabamians, especially those most vulnerable, to exercise “individual responsibility,” in protecting themselves and their neighbors against the spread of COVID-19.
“The threat of this disease continues to be active and it is deadly,” she said Friday.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Health, 9,221 Alabamians have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Friday afternoon, and there have been 375 reported deaths.
ADPH reported 20 confirmed cases in Lawrence County Friday afternoon, but according to data from Lawrence County Coroner Scott Norwood, at least 14 of those cases have expired quarantine dates. Quarantine expirations are set for households with positive cases and set according to a projected end of infection date.
For daily updated statistics from ADPH, visit http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/index.html.