Shutdown order: Shoes are not essential but liquor is

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Dothan, AL (WTVY)-- Governor Ivey has ordered all non essential businesses in Alabama to close, her latest effort to slow coronavirus.

Department, furniture, clothing, jewelry, book, shoe, and dozens of other businesses will shut down until at least April 17.

State owned liquor stores won't.

The Alcohol Beverage Control Board , sole supplier of alcoholic products other than beer and wine, will continue operations. It had previously temporarily closed some of its locations but others, including two Dothan locations, remain open .

There is a five customer limit and patrons are prohibited from browsing but must, instead, remain at the front of the store while clerks retrieve their order.

Credit and debit cards are the preferred payment method.

In the 2017-2018 fiscal year, ABC liquor sales in Alabama generated $263 million in tax revenue.