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City of Huntsville responds to statewide COVID-19 order

Mayor Battle says Huntsville residents should remain calm, but needs to take coronavirus seriously.
Credit: WZDX

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Mayor Tommy Battle says the City of Huntsville will immediately follow the policies the Public Health Officer for the State of Alabama released Thursday to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Some of the policies include full school closures, senior center closures, pre-school and child care closures, nursing home restrictions, delayed elective-medical procedures, limited gatherings of no more than 25 persons, bar closures, and no on-premise consumption of food and beverages in restaurants. 

“This is a challenging time for our communities. I remain grateful for the way our residents and businesses have been working together to adhere to the public health guidelines and support each other in this time of need," Mayor Tommy Battle said in his statement.  

To our business community, as a former restaurateur, my heart goes out to you, and to all of our companies and residents who lives have been disrupted by this virus.  The Alabama Health Department has determined these precautions are necessary and we will follow their guidance.” 

Mayor Battle reiterated that Huntsville residents should remain calm but must take coronavirus seriously. “We’re a smart community, and we’ll be smart about stopping this virus. Let’s continue to fully follow health recommendations for social distancing, to remain six feet apart, and wash hands regularly.”

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