At 10 this morning, the state and the city of Montgomery announced that a city resident has tested positive for the coronavirus. The cities of Montgomery and Pike Road have canceled all city-sponsored events. The state is asking all state residents to practice social distancing of at least six feet and to avoid public gatherings of 500 people or more. Alabama is now among 43 states with confirmed coronavirus cases.
Before recessing for its spring break, the Alabama Legislature on Thursday appropriated $5 million to the Alabama Department of Public Health for “coronavirus response activities.” Meanwhile, the federal government awarded $8.15 million to our state through the Centers for Disease Control to aid in the treatment and prevention of COVID-19 – the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.
If you are reading this report, you should have received an email Thursday from the Alabama Retail Association’s employment law partner offering guidance for employers on managing this global pandemic in the workplace. Your association will continue to provide health and employment law updates in the coming weeks through direct email communications, the coronavirus resource landing page on our website and posts on our social media platforms.
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THIS WEEK IN RETAIL NEWS
Private auditors banned from charging taxpayers for audit costs (alabamaretail.org)
Anti-pyramid scheme legislation ready for consideration by either chamber (alabamaretail.org)
Alabama Senate approves medical marijuana bill (montgomeryadvertiser.com)
Lottery, gambling compact bills introduced in State House (aldailynews.com)
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