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Posted on: April 28, 2020

City Hall limited access plan to continue through May 15

City of Enterprise

April 28, 2020

 Mayor William E. Cooper Tuesday announced that the City’s current limited access plan will remain in place until at least May 15.

Cooper met with City department heads Tuesday after Gov. Kay Ivey’s announcement regarding the reopening of retail stores in the state. She reminded that the threat of COVID-19, the Coronavirus, is not over, and stressed that the intent of the reopening plan is to begin “easing back into our routines with caution.”

The Governor eased some of the restrictions on business and individual activity in announcing a new “Safer-At-Home” order beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30, when the current order expires. The state has been under the more restrictive “Stay-At-Home” order since April 3.

After a discussion about the Governor’s precautions with department heads, Cooper made the decision to continue the closure of City buildings other than City Hall. Limited access and rotation of employees will continue for the protection of customers and employees through May 15.

Cooper pointed out that the City remains open for business, but citizens are still encouraged to do business online or by phone if at all possible to minimize any danger of exposure. Police, fire, public works, water, engineering and other departments continue to be staffed to provide essential city services.

The city recycling service will remain closed for the time being, and the Enterprise Senior Citizens Center services are suspended except for the pickup or delivery of meals under Southern Alabama Regional Coalition on the Aging Rather senior meal program.

Although parks are open, playgrounds, courts and fields are closed because of the safety orders prohibiting use of shared equipment and the mandate that non-work gatherings are limited to fewer than 10 people, with a 6-foot distance between each person.

Under the new orders, citizens are now “encouraged” to stay home rather than “ordered” to. Ivey said it is imperative that everyone continue practices such as washing of hands, the social distancing, wearing face coverings and minimizing travel outside the home.

“What our citizens have done is working. We appreciate what our people have been willing to do,” she said. “We must continue to be vigilante in our safety practices for the foreseeable future.”

When the new “Safer-At-Home” order takes effect, retail businesses can reopen under the condition that they follow sanitation and social distancing guidelines.

Other businesses that require close personal contact such as hair and nail salons, barber shops, nightclubs, and athletic events remain closed at this time. Restaurants will also remain closed except for carryout, curbside or delivery service.

Ivey called the state plan, made with the help state Finance Director Kelly Butler and a Coronavirus task force, a “thoughtful, well-planned timetable” that she hopes will soon include a further lessoning of restrictions.

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