Alabama Governor places additional restrictions on state to battle pandemic

Governor Kay Ivey declared a state of emergency in Alabama due to the coronavirus outbreak.
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVY) -- Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has placed additional restrictions on the state to combat the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Starting Saturday, April 4 at 5 p.m. a Stay at Home order will go into effect.

Ivey said during a press conference Friday afternoon that she waited to enact the order until she had more information about the disease before taking more drastic measures.

She also said efforts urging Alabamians to Social Distance have not worked.

Ivey said the Shelter in Place order was a last resort, but the Coronavirus is an imminent threat to our way of life.

While staying at home is now the law, there are some exceptions.

People will still be allowed to shop for groceries, medications and other essential items.

Ivey also said people will still be able to order take out from their favorite restaurants, but she continues to urge everyone to take the order seriously.

Attorney General Steve Marshall also took the podium saying those who violate the order will be criminally charged.

Marshall asked for the public's willful compliance.

As of early Friday afternoon, there have been 1,495 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Alabama. Of those, there are 38 suspected deaths from the virus, but only 21 of them have been confirmed COVID-19 cases.