Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a health order on Friday that closes down many non-essential business in the state as confirmed cases of Covid-19 continue to rise.
As of noon on Friday, Alabama has reported 571 cases of coronavirus statewide, with Lee County reporting 47 cases.
The order, which goes into effect at 5 p.m. Saturday, closes non-essential businesses and venues to non-employees or shuts them down altogether through April 17.
"I cannot stress to you enough that we must be serious about eliminating the spread of this deadly virus. Folks, this is real. This is very real," said Ivey at a news conference Friday morning. "We must protect the people of Alabama.
"Folks, this is incredibly disappointing news to deliver, but this is a matter of life and death."
The list of affected businesses includes: