COVID-19 Information

(City facility updates are posted below day-to-day info. Last page update at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2020.)

May 22, 2020: Orange Beach Kids Park reopens

Following the state's amended Safer at Home Order, Orange Beach Kids Park reopened at 5 p.m. Friday, May 22. 

While play areas are open, use at your own risk. City of Orange Beach staff continue to diligently cleaning public restrooms and facilities, but it is not feasible to sanitize every surface of these structures. Now is an excellent time to fill a reusable water bottle at home and bring it with you.

Practice social distancing behavior by maintaining a minimum of 6 feet distance between individuals to help mitigate the potential risk of virus transmission.

We’re counting on the public to help keep our city’s public areas safe for everyone. Stay home if you are sick and practice good hygiene. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough using your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in a trash receptacle. Wash your hands after sneezing, coughing, or touching surfaces within the park. Avoid touching your face.

May 21, 2020: Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order

MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday issued an amended Safer at Home Order to be applied Statewide. The order which includes an expanded list of items to reopen will be effective Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. and will expire on Friday, July 3, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

NEW UPDATES

ENTERTAINMENT VENUES - SUCH AS ARCADES, THEATERS, BOWLING ALLEYS
Open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES
Open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
Open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

CHILD DAY CARE FACILITIES
Open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

SUMMER CAMP
Remain open with rules and guidelines available

WHAT’S STAYING THE SAME

INDIVIDUALS
Encouraged to stay home and follow good sanitation practices

EMPLOYERS
Businesses may open subject to sanitation and social-distancing guidelines

RETAIL STORES
All retail stores open subject to 50% occupancy rate, social-distancing and sanitation rules

MEDICAL PROCEDURES
Allowed unless prohibited in the future by the State Health Officer to preserve resources necessary to diagnose and treat COVID-19; providers must follow COVID-19-related rules and guidance from state regulatory boards or public health authorities

SENIOR CITIZEN CENTERS
Regular programming still suspended except meals still available through curbside pick-up or delivery

HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES
Still must implement policies to restrict visitation

NON-WORK GATHERINGS
Still required to maintain 6 feet of distance between persons not from same household

RESTAURANTS, BARS AND BREWERIES
May open with limited table seating, 6 feet between tables and subject to additional sanitation rules and guidelines

ATHLETIC FACILITIES - SUCH AS FITNESS CENTERS AND COMMERCIAL GYMS
Athletic facilities may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

CLOSE-CONTACT SERVICE PROVIDERS
Close-contact service providers (such as barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattoo services) may open subject to social-distancing and sanitation rules and guidelines

BEACHES
Open with no limit on gatherings. Must maintain 6 feet of separation.

The Alabama Department of Public Health includes links to the following guidelines in the amended Safer at Home Order: 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Alabama, visit covid19.alabama.gov.

Beach info: 

With Alabama's beaches now open, it is critical that everyone follow CDC social-distancing guidelines, which will be enforced.

  • All beachgoers must maintain a 6-foot distance from others (excluding those living in your home).
  • When possible, wash your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds with warm, soapy water.

Following these guidelines will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and help keep our beaches open. For more information about COVID-19, visit the Alabama Department of Public Health website at alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19. ‬ 

Section of Alabama Point East beach remains closed

While all public-access beaches are open in Orange Beach, please note that a section of the Alabama Point East beach, near the Perdido Pass bridge (shown on map), will remain closed until further notice. The closure has greatly helped the city's enforcement of social distancing guidelines, which includes individuals maintaining a constant 6-foot distance from others (excluding those living in your home).

Map showing closure area of Alabama Point East

For up-to-date information about restaurants, businesses and tourism-related issues, visit www.gulfshores.com/plan/coronavirus

May 18, 2020: PPP Forgiveness Application information from Alabama Small Business Development Center Network

On Friday, May 15, 2020, the U.S. Small Business Administration released a Loan Forgiveness Application that is designed to educate borrowers on how to apply for PPP loan forgiveness. Additional guidance – for both borrowers and lenders – is still expected from the agency.

The application includes a worksheet that details how to calculate the amount of the loan that can be forgiven and provides a summary of costs eligible for forgiveness. The SBA also provided a list of documents borrowers have to submit with their forgiveness applications.

Access the Loan Forgiveness Application Here.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

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MESSAGE FROM MAYOR TONY KENNON ABOUT BOATING AND THE ISLANDS

Amid the Coronavirus outbreak and as the city works to keep all citizens safe, Mayor Tony Kennon on Friday, April 3, 2020 wanted to assure the public that the city will be ramping up boating enforcement around the islands near Perdido Pass, if individuals choose to engage in that outdoor activity. Click here to see Mayor Kennon speak about boating and the islands during a Facebook Live video on the morning of Friday, April 3, 2020. 

It’s important to understand that the waterways in the city are state owned. While the beaches abutting the Gulf are closed by an emergency state health order, state-owned boat launches remain open as well as the waterways, and boaters are enjoying the outdoors, as they are doing across the state. Bird Island is the largest sandy island closest to Perdido Pass bridge where most boats congregate and it is owned by the state. Next to it is Robinson Island, which is owned by the city, and has a lot less beach area for boats.

Following social-distancing guidelines issued by federal and state health officials as well as President Donald Trump and Gov. Kay Ivey, the city will:

  • Enforce a 25-foot distance between boats
  • Prohibit boats from tying together
  • Use a common sense approach to keeping individuals 6 feet apart 

City police and fire personnel have been assigned to patrol the islands and waterways during peak times with multiple vessels and jet skis. One to two officers will be on the islands themselves.

Please help us help you to be able to continue to enjoy outdoor activities around the city. Be safe and follow the guidelines.

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Governor Kay Ivey and Alabama Department of Public Health press releases and information: 

To see emergency orders issued by the Alabama Department of Public Health, go to http://alabamapublichealth.gov/legal/orders.html.

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CITY UPDATES

The City of Orange Beach continues to proactively monitor updates from local, state and federal agencies and health officials about COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) in the U.S. This is a dynamic and ever-changing situation. Follow this page for updates.  

The Alabama Department of Public Health is the lead agency in sharing COVID-19 information, in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Find information directly at http://alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19 and a hotline - 1-888-264-2256 - has been established for questions related to symptoms and where to get tested in Alabama. For questions at the county level, the Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency has set up a hotline at 251-943-5061 and posts regular updates on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BaldwinCountyEMA

  • PUBLIC SAFETY NOTICE FROM ORANGE BEACH POLICE: When requesting emergency services, we are always here to serve and protect paradise, but if you have flu-like symptoms, are quarantined, or under self-quarantine and need emergency services, please let the dispatcher know. Sharing this information with emergency dispatchers will allow our first responders to take the necessary precautions to avoid the spread of Coronavirus. 

CITY OFFICES

  • Most city offices, including City Hall and Community Development, are open with proper health precautions in place. The public is encouraged to handle as much business as possible via phone or online. City Hall can be reached at 251-981-6979 and Community Development at 251-981-2610. Following is a list of city-managed facilities and their status:
  • ORANGE BEACH SENIOR CENTER: The Orange Beach Senior Center remains closed until further notice. 
  • COASTAL ARTS CENTER: The Coastal Arts Center of Orange Beach reopened on Friday, May 1st  and is practicing safe-distancing policies. No individual glass or clay classes are available at this time but the gift shop and gallery resumed normal hours of Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For any questions, call the Coastal Arts Center at 251-981-2787.​
  • FINANCE DEPARTMENT: The Al Bradley Financial Center’s lobby is closed to the public but the drive-through is open. For your safety and in an effort to minimize personal contact with the public, the city is asking all customers to please use the drive-through at the back of the building until further notice. You may also call the following numbers for additional assistance: Business Licenses/Taxes at 251-980-2159 or 251-981-6781; Sewer/Garbage at 251-981-6096.
  • MUNICIPAL COURT: Orange Beach Municipal Court resumed in-person trials and hearings on May 18th. Only individuals with cases set on pre-scheduled dates and times will be admitted in the Orange Beach Municipal Courtroom. All individuals entering the courtroom will be screened and assessed for any potential health concerns (symptomatic, exposure, etc.).
    • If you have a case and wish to have a trial, you must contact the Court to schedule a date and time.
    • Court offices remain open with a policy of one person allowed at time if you would like to settle your case without having to appear.
    • Call the court for further information at 251-981-2444.    
  • RECREATION CENTER: The Rec Center reopened Tuesday, May 12th. Recreation Center hours are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 24-hour access to the Fitness Center is accessible with a current membership. The center is not doing day passes, guest passes or non-resident memberships at this time. On June 1st, the Rec Center will begin new summer hours - Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For information on fitness classes, visit the Recreation Center Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OrangeBeachRecreationCenter
  • AQUATICS CENTER: The Aquatics Center reopened on Friday, May 8th with restrictions in place. Only current members are allowed to use the facility until further notice. Special summer hours will begin Tuesday, May 26th - hours will be Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The center will be closed to the public from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Weekends hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. 
  • GOLF CENTER: The Golf Center is open and is following protocols established by the Alabama Department of Public Health.
  • MUSEUM: The Orange Beach Indian & Sea Museum has reopened with normal hours - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • KIDS PARK: Following the state's amended Safer at Home Order, Orange Beach Kids Park will reopen at 5 p.m. Friday, May 22. 
  • While most city-managed facilities have reopened, it is at an individual’s discretion to visit, based on recommendations from health officials. Keep in mind the following recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and ADPH:
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the restroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Practice social-distancing strategies such as staying 6 feet apart from other individuals.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Senior adults or those with chronic health problems should avoid large gatherings (outside of close family), and should avoid travel by air, train or bus.​

LIBRARY

  • The Orange Beach Public Library is open with normal business hours and with proper social-distancing protocols in place. To those with concerns, curbside pick-up is available. Call 251-981-2923 for assistance. Hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is currently not offering in-house programming. Check the library's website at www.orangebeachlibrary.org or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OrangeBeachPublicLibrary for more information on it virtual programming and services. One-on-one tech help and test proctoring is available by appointment only. Call Mr. Jason, our reference librarian, at 251-981-8179 to schedule.

STATEWIDE COVID STATISTICS

(Latest update) As of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 27th, out of 194,970 people tested there were 1,692 hospitalizations, and 15,718 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alabama - 278 in Baldwin County. As of the latest update, 580 deaths were reported in Alabama and confirmed to be Coronavirus cases:

  • Nine in Baldwin County  
  • 112 in Mobile County
  • 96 in Jefferson County
  • 63 in Tallapoosa County
  • 34 in Montgomery County
  • 32 in Lee County
  • 24 in Chambers County
  • 19 in Shelby County
  • 13 in Butler County
  • 12 in Tuscaloosa County
  • 11 in Etowah County
  • 11 in Marion County
  • 10 in Lowndes County
  • Nine in Marshall County
  • Seven in Randolph County
  • Seven in Elmore County
  • Seven in Wilcox County
  • Seven Choctaw County
  • Six in Marengo County
  • Six in Sumter County
  • Six in Franklin County
  • Six in Washington County
  • Four in Madison County
  • Four in Greene County
  • Four in Pickens County
  • Four in Hale County
  • Three in Autauga County
  • Three in Houston County
  • Three in Calhoun County
  • Three in Dallas County
  • Three in Escambia County
  • Three in Bullock County
  • Two in Cherokee County
  • Two in Crenshaw County
  • Two in Lauderdale County
  • Two in Jackson County
  • Two in Macon County
  • Two in Talladega County
  • Two in DeKalb County
  • Two in Colbert County
  • Two in Clay County
  • Two in Monroe County
  • Two in Clarke County
  • Two in Henry County
  • One in Coosa County
  • One in Cleburne County
  • One in Chilton County
  • One in Covington County
  • One in Barbour County
  • One in St. Clair County
  • One in Bibb County
  • One in Morgan County
  • One in Coffee County
  • One in Winston County
  • One in Blount County 
  • One in Walker County
  • One in Conecuh county
  • For the most up-to-date state statistics, go to the ADPH website
  • On Friday, March 20, 2020, the Orange Beach City Council declared a local State of Emergency in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak, and authorized Mayor Tony Kennon to take all actions necessary and allowed by Alabama law to protect public health and safety. The declaration will help the city in its response to COVID-19 and the possible future reimbursement of expenses related to the continued protection of the public.  Additionally, the council passed an ordinance to ensure proper enforcement of the state emergency order issued by Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health on Thursday, March 19. 
  • Orange Beach Fire Rescue: Due to the Coronavirus quarantine and the uncertain future, OBFD has decided to cancel the 54th Annual BBQ usually held on the second Saturday of June. Be on the lookout for announcements about a Fall BBQ fundraiser. We appreciate all of your support over the past 53 years.

HELPING THOSE IN NEED

City ready to help individuals most at risk during COVID-19 outbreak

Mayor Tony Kennon and the City of Orange Beach stand ready to assist residents who are most at risk during the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. 

The city is organizing police, fire, logistics, and other city staff and volunteers to help senior adults who are homebound, immunocompromised, or are limited due to chronic health problems, such as COPD and cardiovascular disease. 

City staff and volunteers will be able to run errands, get groceries and any other necessities. We can help coordinate and address medical needs through local physicians. The city has spoken to the Alabama Board of Pharmacy and will be in touch with individual pharmacies as we look to pick up medications for senior adults as well. 

The city will be working with restaurants and other vendors to provide meals and other services, where possible.

“We are looking at meeting any and all needs during this time,” Mayor Kennon said. “We want to help in any way we can, just please call us.”

The mayor’s office maintains a list of high-risk individuals who city staff and first-responders check on and can assist, as needed. If you or someone you know is in need, please reach out to Mayor Kennon’s office at 251-981-6810 or email hbryant@orangebeachal.gov

“We know that this virus is serious and this is a very scary time, as the unknown always presents the scariest of all scenarios,” Mayor Kennon said. “While there is still much data to be gathered about Coronavirus, we know for a fact that those over 65 and individuals with compromised health are most at risk. We are here to help protect you.”

  • The Christian Service Center in Gulf Shores provides food and emergency aid to low-income families in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Fort Morgan. The center is located at 317 Dolphin Ave. in Gulf Shores. The phone number is 251-968-5256. If you need help or know someone who does, please call for more information. Due to the Coronavirus, the center is providing assistance by telephone only and can have a care package prepared before clients arrive. The center is also in need of volunteers. Call for more information. 
  • Christian Life - The Island Church is also providing assistance to those in need. For more information visit, theislandchurch.tv and click on “I Have a Need”.
  • Meals on Wheels: https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/.

SCHOOLS

  • SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR REST OF YEAR: Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced on Thursday, March 26th that all state public schools will be closed for the remainder of the year. Students will receive instruction from home the rest of the year that could last up to June 5th. Baldwin County Public Schools, which includes Orange Beach schools, are scheduled to begin distance learning on Wednesday, April 15th. 

GULF STATE PARK AND OTHER VISITOR INFORMATION

The Alabama Department of Public Health has helpful information about the Coronavirus on its website at http://alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19 and the CDC provides detailed information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.   

TESTING FOR COVID-19

  • Any individuals who have questions about being tested for COVID-19 should call their healthcare provider to make arrangements for testing. It is important to call your healthcare provider's office before going in to let them know you may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider's office take steps to keep others from getting infected or exposed to COVID-19.
  • For individuals who do not have a healthcare provider to call, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has opened a call center for people with questions about being tested for COVID-19. The toll-free number is 1-888-264-2256
  • If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, call 251-341-2819 for testing information and locations in Baldwin County.

HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS IN ORANGE BEACH

SOUTHERN RAPID CARE

Southern Rapid Care knows there is a growing concern as the impact of the Coronavirus continues to evolve.  They are open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., offering in-house telemedicine services, and online appointments. Southern Rapid Care is dedicated to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of the community. 

Rest assured, they are taking necessary precautions and additional safety measures to decrease COVID-19 risk, in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. If you are concerned you have, or have been exposed to Coronavirus, call 1-888-264-2256. If you have a medical emergency please call 911, and notify the dispatcher you suspect you have Coronavirus. 

Southern Rapid Care is encouraging everyone to use telemedicine when possible. Its Telemedicine Line is 1-251-284-4469 to schedule an appointment. They are able to speak to you and see you by video from your own home to ensure ongoing care that is as safe as possible. They will also be able to determine quickly whether you need to come into the clinic or if treatment can be provided remotely.  

They encourage you to stay hydrated, rest, and seek medical attention when needed. The clinic is located at 25910 Canal Road, Suite D in Orange Beach. 

AMERICAN FAMILY CARE

American Family Care Orange Beach is maintaining its usual hours and services and offering a telehealth program. They are open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. 

Due to the safety requirements for COVID-19, they have put several changes in place. The company has put in place a telehealth program to screen those who need testing. You can call 888-881-1048 to talk to a provider. Those who meet the criteria for testing will be directed through a process to be seen at American Family Care and tested. You can also go online to afcurgentcare.com/telecare for screening.

For other illnesses or injuries, come to the clinic at 25775 Perdido Beach Blvd. or call 251-974-3004. They have procedures in place to evaluate you and treat the usual wide range of issues that we can treat without putting you at risk for infection.

DR. RYAN FORBESS - SOUTH BALDWIN MEDICAL GROUP

Dr. Ryan Forbess’ family medicine clinic in Orange Beach, part of South Baldwin Medical Group, remains open and is also offering telehealth calls in some circumstances. He wants to reassure the community that the clinic is here for all of their medical needs while still making their safety his highest priority. He is accepting new patients. 

Dr. Forbess’ clinic is at 4223 Orange Beach Blvd., Suite A. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. For more information, call 251-981-2184.

PHARMACIES IN ORANGE BEACH (All hours subject to change)
  • CVS Pharmacy - Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  251-974-1590
  • Publix Pharmacy at The Shoppes at Palm Pointe -  Open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 251-980-1445 (Closed for lunch 2-2:30 p.m.)
  • Walmart Pharmacy - Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 251-974-1824 (Closed for lunch 1:30-2 p.m.)  
  • Walgreens - Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 251-981-7019 

BUSINESSES

WHAT IS COVID-19?

  • COVID-19 is a respiratory illness with symptoms similar to the flu – fever, coughing and shortness of breath. It is NOT the same as other coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans, such as the common cold.

  • Per the Alabama Department of Public Health, in most cases, people do not need to be hospitalized. Just as with the flu, the virus appears to be most dangerous to people who are older than 65 or those with chronic illnesses and/or compromised immune systems.

  • Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 appears to occur mainly by respiratory transmission (such as droplets expelled into the air when you cough or sneeze and don’t cover your mouth). How easily the virus is transmitted between persons remains unclear.

  • The CDC estimates that symptoms of COVID-19 occur within 2-14 days after exposure.

  • The CDC has developed a test to determine if someone has COVID-19, however there is no vaccine to protect against it nor a specific antiviral treatment for it.

  • Keep in mind several types of common respiratory viruses are currently circulating in the United States including common coronavirus types, common colds and the flu. So not all people with the symptoms will have COVID-19; they may have the flu.

Remember this is a fluid and ever-changing situation. Follow this page for local updates and the Alabama Department of Public Health and CDC for critical updates. Thank you.

TOWN HALL MEETING

Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon and the City Council held a mostly virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The town hall meeting had been previously planned to cover updates to the city's after-school programs, Expect Excellence and Camp Sunshine; however, with the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the U.S., and now Alabama, it was decided to shift the meeting to cover pressing topics related to issues facing Orange Beach. Since the coronavirus situation is changing daily, topics discussed in the meeting will become outdated as new information comes to light.

Links:

Town Hall presentation

Video of Town Hall

Additional Resources: 

FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control - https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control

Department of Health & Human Services COVID-19 Fraud Alerts - https://www.oig.hhs.gov/coronavirus/fraud-alert-covid19.asp

Baldwin County Public Schools: https://www.bcbe.org/  

Baldwin County EMA: https://baldwincountyal.gov/departments/EMA

Coastal Alabama Business Chamber: https://www.mygulfcoastchamber.com/