Retail Report: Businesses could remain open in emergency under bill on governor’s desk

In a busy legislative week after its spring break, the Alabama Legislature gave final approval to several bills, including one that would allow all businesses to remain open in declared emergencies under the same guidelines. That like many bills considered this week relate to the pandemic.

In good news related to the coronavirus, starting next week, everyone older than 16 in Alabama is eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. “The best shot is the shot that is in the arm,” Gov. Kay Ivey said today in announcing the eligibility expansion to 4 million Alabamians.

The Legislature has completed 18 of its 30 legislative days for a regular session. It is expected to meet three days next week.

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Legislature gives final OK to bill allowing businesses, churches and the Alabama State House to stay open under same guidelines during an emergency; bill giving Legislature more say in emergency gains Senate OK (

All Alabamians 16 and older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines, beginning Monday, April 5 (

Paycheck Protection Program loan application deadline extended to May 31 (

House amends, OKs home delivery of sealed beer, wine & liquor, bill goes back to the Senate (

ADOR: File income taxes by April 15 to avoid interest; Panel passes bill to ‘fix’ interest issue, but it may not gain final approval in time (

House OKs direct wine shipment bill, two other versions pending (

Senate OKs suspending or revoking a retailer’s tobacco permit for nonpayment; House advances nicotine regulations (

Panels OK drive-thru or walk-up beer and wine; increase in daily cap at small breweries/brewpubs/distilleries gets panel vote: House OKs Mountain Brook entertainment districts (

April Weaver wins Senate GOP primary; runoff in House GOP contest (

Pharmacy licensing reform on the governor’s desk (

Download zip file with posters and social media graphics for businesses wishing to require or encourage customers to wear face coverings (

Shuttered venue operator grants portal opens Thursday, April 8, and other information related to latest federal COVID relief package (

Almost 80 businesses nominated as Retailers of the Year; entries due Monday, April 12 (

Potential changes emerge for Alabama’s medical marijuana bill (

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