Effective March 20th at 5 pm, all nonessential businesses in Jefferson County, Alabama are ordered to close by the Jefferson County Health Department. This is the most stringent order to date in the state of Alabama and affects a county of 660,000 people including the city of Birmingham, the largest metropolitan area of the state.

With the state order, Jefferson County felt the need to issue “more stringent measures as local circumstances require.”

The order also implements more restrictive rules by disallowing gatherings of 10 or more people with the state order rules applying here, as well.

Nonessential businesses to close under the order:

  • Entertainment, including night clubs, bowling alleys, arcades, racetracks, indoor children’s play places, pool halls, adult gaming, and entertainment venues
  • Recreation facilities, including gyms and fitness centers, swimming pools, and spas, excluding licensed physical therapy services
  • Nail salons and spas
  • Casinos
  • Concert venues and auditoriums
  • Theaters
  • Tourist attractions (including museums, planetariums, parades)
  • Body art facilities and tattoo services
  • Tanning salons
  • Massage parlors
  • Waxing salons/threading salons
  • Museums and Galleries
  • Performing Arts centers/events/rehearsals
  • Social clubs
  • Fraternity and Sorority meetings and events
  • Proms, Formals, and other similar events