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 May 8, the state of Alabama updated the “Safer at Home” guidelines effective May 11 through May 22. 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. 


All of the following remain closed statewide through May 22:

  • Tourist attractions including museums, planetariums, arcades, bowling alleys and racetracks
  • Indoor children’s play areas and commercial and public playground equipment
  • Night clubs and bars
  • Casinos and bingo halls, as well as venues operated by social clubs
  • Concert and theatre venues
  • Spectator sporting venues and sporting events