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Alabama schools, camps, venues to reopen: Gov. Ivey on new COVID-19 contact tracing app

When asked why the order is being expanded amid a rising number of cases, Governor Ivey says, “Standing by and letting our business collapse while we've got...

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —

Governor Kay Ivey has amended her “Safer at Home Order” and more businesses are going to reopen. Some of them might surprise you. Here’s what you need to know.

WATCH: GOVERNOR IVEY ON AMENDED "SAFER AT HOME ORDER"

Entertainment venues, like theaters, casinos, museums and more, can reopen now. 

Youth sports and athletic activities are permitted. But, competitions and games can’’t take place until after June 14th. 

After March 23rd, summer camps can open. Daycares will have newer guidelines for employees. 

Educational institutions can reopen. Dr. Scott Harris of Alabama Department of Public Health mentioned specific training programs, like truck driving schools or other technical schools can resume educational programs. 

FOR A FULL BREAKDOWN ON THE "SAFER AT HOME" EXPANSION, CLICK HERE

When asked during the press conference why the order is being expanded amid a rising number of cases, Governor Ivey had this to say:  “Standing by and letting our businesses collapse while we’ve got hundreds of thousands of folks that are hurting and suffering is not an option. So we’ve got to keep our businesses open and keep our people working. The key to it is personal responsibility.” 

Ivey adds, “Well, you have to have a balance between looking after the people’s health and also the economic health. There has to be a balance.” 

The governor announced the state has agreed to a deal with Apple and Google to use their COVID-19 contact tracing apps. According to Ivey, North Dakota, and South Carolina are among other states with similar agreements. 

Ivey says, "Hopefully this will become an important tool in the tool kit to slow the spread of coronavirus." 

This amended order goes into effect Friday May, 22 and runs through July 3rd. 

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