Ivey: No Plans to Lift Alabama Stay-at-Home Order

Gov. Kay Ivey Tuesday announced that she has no plans to lift a statewide stay-at-home order before April 30. Ivey, who's facing growing calls to reopen Alabama's economy, cited concerns related to the coronavirus outbreak. "My opinion doesn't count," Ivey said. "It's the health people that help us know how much we got to test." Ivey said any decision on reopening would be data-driven, with no date certain. Alabama hit the peak of coronavirus activity on Monday, say experts, and the rate of new cases is slowing, especially in key areas like Jefferson County. The mayor of Hoover, Frank Brocato, called on Ivey to reopen as quickly as possible, saying people depend on the goods and services provided by businesses, and residents depend on the income. Brocato also noted that cities like Hoover rely on a steady flow of tax revenue from the businesses to provide essential services, like police and fire protection. A special task force advising Ivey, led by Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth, has recommended reopening businesses.

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