Resources & Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: April 6, 2020, 2:30PM

 

Leisure Travelers

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 Friday, April 3, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a stay at home order that goes into effect Saturday, April 4, at 5 p.m. According to the order, residents and visitors must stay at home except when: 
•    Obtaining necessary supplies such as food, gas and pharmaceuticals
•    Obtaining or providing necessary services
•    Attending religious services
•    Taking care of others
•    Working
•    Engaging in outdoor activity 
•    Seeking shelter
•    Traveling when required by law
•    Seeing family members

This order will remain in effect until at least April 30. To view the full order, click here.

 

On Thursday, March 27, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Dept. of Public Health released an updated public health order extending the suspension of certain public gatherings:

  • All beaches are to remain closed through April 30, including both publicly and privately-owned beaches.

  • All restaurants, bars, breweries and similar establishments (such as ice cream shops) are closed to dine-in customers through April 30. Many area restaurants are offering take-out or delivery as an alternative.

  • Other non-essential businesses, venues and activities must close to non-employees March 28 and remain closed to non-employees through April 30. These include entertainment venues, athletic facilities, close-contact service providers (such as nail/hair salons, spas, fitness centers, tattoo parlors, etc.) and retail stores. Online or phone orders, curbside service, home delivery and online fulfillment for non-essential retail businesses is permissible.

The revised statewide public health order can be viewed in its entirety here.

Reference the following for information about business and restaurant closures and service modifications, as well as event cancellations and closures.

Leisure and Sports Event Cancellations and Changes  
Business Closures and Service Modifications  
Restaurant Closures and Service Modifications 

Should you choose to change or cancel existing vacation plans, please contact your lodging provider directly since rescheduling and cancellation policies will vary by lodging company. Please note that our lodging companies are each reporting a high call volume at this time and they are working diligently to address your concerns. Your patience is appreciated.

Sporting Events

The Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Sports Commission team is working closely with city officials, facilities and sports event planners regarding the status of upcoming events in response to COVID-19. If you have plans to attend a sporting event and have questions or concerns, please contact the event planner directly. For an updated list of canceled and postponed events, see the link below.

Leisure and Sports Event Cancellations and Changes 

Conferences & Meetings

Gulf Shores & Orange Beach sales team is available and ready to work with planners to ensure they have the resources needed for future meeting planning or rescheduling a planned event. You may contact your hotel or meeting facility directly with any questions or concerns regarding cancellations and postponements resulting from COVID-19 outbreak.

Additional Information

For the latest news and information regarding coronavirus please refer to the resources below.

City of Gulf Shores

City of Orange Beach

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Alabama Department of Public Health

Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency

White House Guidelines