CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

GULF SHORES & ORANGE BEACH

Like you, we are continually monitoring the impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) across the country, and within our destination. In the interest of public health, our cities are working closely with the authorities to ensure the wellbeing of our citizens and guests. 

On September 30th, Governor Kay Ivey extended the amended safer at home order (see details below) including wearing masks until November 8th.  

On July 15th, Governor Kay Ivey issued an amended health order regarding face mask requirements:

  • Wearing a mask/face covering is mandatory in Alabama effective at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 through July 31 (this has now been extended to the end of August). These can be factory-made, homemade, or improvised from household items such as scarves, bandanas, or t-shirts, and must cover the nose and mouth.

 

  • Masks or face coverings must be worn when you are within six (6) feet of a person from another household in all indoor spaces open to the general public, a vehicle operated by a transportation service (including buses, taxis, Lyft and Uber), or outdoor public spaces where 10 or more people are gathered.

 

  • There are five categories of exceptions. The largest category, exceptions for “practical necessity,” covers people or situations where mask use is incompatible with the realities of life—for example, children six or younger, people with certain medical conditions or disabilities, eating and drinking, medical and dental procedures, and so on. There are also categories of exceptions for exercise, for communicating with an audience, and for certain essential job functions. An additional category carves out narrow exceptions for protected activities like voting and religious worship— but even then, wearing a mask is strongly encouraged. Full details on exceptions can be found in the order and FAQ.

 

  • There can be a fine of up to $500 for not wearing a mask.

 

On June 30th, the state of Alabama extended the “Safer at Home” guidelines through July 31st. These guidelines include the following: 

 

  • All public and private beaches along Alabama’s Gulf Coast, including Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and the Fort Morgan peninsula are open as of April 30th.   Anyone using the beach must maintain 6-foot distancing from other people, except those in your own group.  As of May 11th, there are no limitations on numbers of people allowed to gather.  Normal use of the beach – chairs, umbrellas, etc. – is allowed.  

 

  • Pools are open.  Reservations to use the pool are no longer required as of May 12th.

 

  • Charter fishing is open, but boats must avoid gatherings of 10 or more clients and must keep those clients 6-feet apart. Charter operators must also regularly disinfect frequently used items and surfaces.

 

  • All public boat launches and waterways in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are open, as are all recreational trails, public fishing piers, golf courses, and boating. People are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet from each other.

 

  • All restaurants, bars, breweries and similar establishments (such as ice cream shops and coffee shops) can open to dine-in customers.  These businesses must limit any party size to no more than 8 people, must ensure social distancing between tables, must require employees to wear face masks, and do away with self-service options like drink stations, buffets and salad bars.

 

  • Athletic facilities including fitness centers, yoga studios and other group exercise class facilities can open at the 50% allowed capaciity. Recreational water facilities (sauna, hot but, showers, etc.) are to remain closed. 

 

  • Hair salons and barber shops; nail, waxing and tanning salons; spa and massage therapy facilities; and body art and tattoo studios can open.