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Gulf Shores warns 'zero-tolerance' policy for Safer-at-Home order this July 4th weekend

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On Thursday, July 2, the City of Gulf Shores issued a notice urging all residents, visitors, and businesses to comply with Alabama's Safer at Home Order ahead of the July 4th holiday weekend.


City officials said there will be a "zero-tolerance" approach when it comes to those not complying with the order.

The city said refusal to follow social distancing guidelines could result in a fine for up to $500 or the suspension of business licenses for businesses not in compliance with the order.

Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear facial coverings inside businesses and other indoor public venues.

“We are reminding everyone in the strongest possible terms that social distancing requirements must be followed. It is imperative that we all do our part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 to protect ourselves and our community,” said Mayor Robert Craft.

Mayor Craft said code enforcement officers will be watching for people and businesses violating Governor Kay Ivey's Safer At Home Order, especially social distancing requirements.

"It's a real dilemma. It's either a short term 'tighten our belt, lets get smart and do this' situation," Mayor Craft said, "Or we're going to have more long-term problems, because I'm not at all convinced the governor won't shut us down again."

Mayor Craft said a number of businesses have already had to close for deep cleaning after their employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Now, he said there will be an emphasis on making sure every business has their employees wearing masks.

Beth Fisher, owner of Tiki Island Boutique, said she has always tried to adhere to the state's guidelines. But as the crowds grow, it can be difficult to keep everyone in line.

"Me and my business partner are really happy that they're taking measures to keep everyone safe. It is just really, really difficult," said Fisher.

Fisher said her business is also having trouble retaining help.

"We've tried to keep the doors open so that everyone can make a living, but lot of the staff have been fearful to even come back to work. Some of our staff, we couldn't even get back," Fisher said.

City officials also encourage residents and visitors to wear face coverings when inside public venues.

Heather and Steve Burton are visiting from West Virginia. They believe stricter enforcement is the right way to go.

"It's nothing different to us. It has helped keep places open, and help keep older people safe. That's really what we have to worry about," said Burton.

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City officials said warnings will be given for first violations. However, the penalty could increase to up to $500 fines, and even the suspension of business licenses for repeat offenders.

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