Farmers and agricultural businesses will continue to serve Alabama residents under a stay-at-home order issued today by Gov. Kay Ivey.
The order aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19 is effective Saturday at 5 p.m. and continues through April 30, unless extended.
“My fellow Alabamians, I plead with you to do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We’ve got to take this order dead serious; otherwise, the fact is more people will end up dying,” she said. “Now is the time to be together Alabama, even if we have to stand 6-feet apart.”
Agriculture and farms are exempt from the order as “essential businesses and operations.”
Activities specifically exempt from the order include food cultivation; livestock, cattle, poultry and seafood operations; transportation of agricultural products; livestock auctions; feedlots, dealers and brokers of livestock; farmer’s markets; feed stores; repairers and suppliers of agricultural equipment; gas, diesel and petroleum suppliers; companies involved with aquaculture, horticulture and crop protection products, including pesticide, herbicide and fertilizer producers and distributors; forest products businesses, including those involved in forestry operations, logging, manufacture of lumber and paper products; meat processing facilities, rendering facilities and transporters; feed processing facilities and veterinary services.
The state health order does not require special paperwork for travel related to essential business operations, and the Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries is not issuing travel documents at this time.
In addition to allowing work-related travel for essential businesses, the stay-at-home order exempts certain personal activity including leaving home for food, medicine and to care for family members.