City of Vestavia Hills staff and elected officials are encouraged by the most recent actions of Governor Kay Ivey to lift restrictions and allow most of our small businesses and quality-of-life amenities to re-open as of Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5pm, albeit with certain restrictions.
Governor Ivey recently addressed the leaders of Alabama municipalities the video below. The current Safer at Home order is in effect through the end of July, and includes a statewide mask mandate. While we understand that this is a highly polarizing topic, your Mayor and City Council respectfully request that residents err on the side of caution. Personal responsibility means it is everyone’s responsibility to protect ourselves and others so that we may all return to work, school and daily life in a safe manner.
Orders, Proclamations & Advisories
- August 27, 2020: Order of the State Health Officer extending the Safer at Home order until October 2, 2020.
- July 29, 2020: Order of the State Health Officer extending the Safer at Home order until August 31, 2020; retaining the statewide mask requirement; and adding mask requirements for employees/students in schools and colleges (2nd grade and above).
- July 15, 2020: Order of the State Health Officer issued to require face coverings for individuals, applicable state-wide; no other changes to the current Safer at Home order.
- June 30, 2020: Governor Ivey extended the current Safer at Home order until July 31, 2020 at 5pm.
- June 26, 2020: Order of the Jefferson County Health Officer will be effective as of Monday, June 29, 2020 at 5pm and will require anyone age 8 and older to wear face covering in public places (with a few exceptions).
- May 22, 2020: Order of the State Health Officer issued to further allow for the opening of some entertainment venues, athletic activities and educational institutions.
- May 8, 2020: Order of the State Health Officer issued to allow for the reopening of some previously closed businesses and amenities.
- April 28, 2020: Order of the State Health Officer issued to amend all previous orders regarding gatherings, business openings, etc.
- April 3, 2020: Order of the State Health Officer suspending certain public gatherings – Stay at Home Statewide Order.
- March 29, 2020: President Trump announced federal guidance urging social distancing will stay in place through April 30.
- March 27, 2020: Amended Order of the Alabama Department of Public Health issuing statewide social distancing measures. Click here for clarification of this ADPH order as it relates to businesses.
- March 25, 2020: FEMA Advisory
- March 23, 2020: Proclamation by the the Governor postponing certain state tax obligations
- March 23, 2020: Order of the Jefferson County Health Officer suspending certain public gatherings and closing non-essential businesses and services.
- March 20, 2020: Amended Order of the Jefferson County Health Officer suspending certain public gatherings and closing non-essential businesses and services
- March 19, 2020: Order of the Jefferson County Health Officer suspending certain public gatherings and closing non-essential businesses and services
- March 19, 2020: Order of the State Health Officer Suspending Certain Public Gatherings
- March 18, 2020: Proclamation by the Governor outlining measures of relief during the state health emergency.
- March 18, 2020: Order of the State Department of Revenue waiving late payment penalties for small businesses.
- March 13, 2020: Order Suspending In-Person Court Proceedings
Adjustments to City Services
The following adjustments to City services will be in place as early as Monday, May 11, 2020:
- Meetings: For those interested in attending City meetings, adjustments have been made to adhere to state orders requiring attendees to maintain 6’ social distances. Additional options for virtual meeting attendance and participation continue to be offered. For information regarding participation in public meetings, click here.
- Building Permits & Licenses: Residents and contractors are encouraged to continue utilizing the drop box in the lobby outside Building Services at City Hall to deposit applications for building permits and licenses. Building inspections are continuing as normal, as they have not been deemed to pose a significant health hazard. For assistance, email email@example.com or call 205.978.0125.
- City Clerk: Applications for Annexation, Design Review Board, Board of Zoning Approval and/or Planning & Zoning will continue accepting all required paperwork into the drop box located outside the City Clerk’s office at City Hall. For assistance or questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 205.978.0131.
- Fire: Fire stations remain open and fully operational. If you need immediate medical assistance, call 911.
- Library in the Forest: Beginning May 26, 2020, Library in the Forest book drops will open so that patrons may return library materials; the library facility will remain closed until further notice. Curbside service will be offered beginning June 1. Click here additional information and instructions for utilizing this service. All library programs for June and July will be offered online. For the most up-to-date information regarding materials checkout, as well as accessing online resources, click here.
- Municipal Court: In-person court proceedings will resume May 19, 2020 with adjustments so that participants may adhere to 6’ social distance requirements. For more information, visit the Municipal Court’s web page or email email@example.com.
- Parks & Recreation:
- Recreation Center: Effective Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Rec Center will maintain regular business hours – Monday through Thursday, 7am-9pm; Friday, 7am-5pm; Saturday, 8am-4pm; and Sunday, 1-6pm. All patrons must enter through the main entrance and exit immediately following their program. The gymnasium will reopen as well, with strict adherence to occupancy constraints. In compliance with the most recent state order, all locker rooms and showers will remain closed.
- Playgrounds, Fields & Rec Sports: Effective Friday, May 22, 2020 at 5pm, all City-owned playgrounds will reopen. (This does not apply to school-owned playgrounds.) Athletic fields will also reopen for practices, conditioning and skills training only. Team practices MUST BE SCHEDULED IN ADVANCE through Parks & Rec by calling 205.978.0166. Section 10 of the most recent order states that games may not be scheduled until June 15, 2020. Public restrooms will remain open. Green spaces and trails remain open and residents are asked to maintain 6’ social distances.
- Police: Police operations continue as normal. If you need immediate assistance, call 911.
- Senior Services: All senior centers and activities remain closed until further notice, with the exception of meal provision:
- Meals on Wheels Program: Those who are served at New Merkel House should have been contacted with instructions to pick up prepacked meals in the New Merkel House parking lot. If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205.967.5977. If you are serviced at the Civic Center and have questions, please contact Sandi Wilson at email@example.com or 205.978.0163.
- Senior Transportation Program: The Senior Transportation has been suspended at this time. If you have an emergent need, please contact Sandi Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 205.978.0163.
- Trash & Recycling Collection: For additional information or updates, visit RepublicServices.com.
- Household trash & recycling: Normal operations will resume beginning with the Monday, May 11, 2020 routes.
- Bulk trash pick-up: Large debris continues to be collected by Republic Services. There is not a designated bulk trash pickup day. Please request pickup of large/bulk trash via the Action Center or by calling 205.978.0150. Collection requests have increased substantially since March. Therefore, collection times are taking longer than normal, but should occur within 15 business days. If it is not picked up within the allowed time for the service (Action Center users receive a confirmation email), please call Public Works at 205.978.0150 or email email@example.com to alert staff that your Action Center reported items were not collected. Be sure to include the confirmation number you received in your Action Center confirmation email.
- Vehicle Tags: Residents may submit tag renewals and new car registrations online – visit http://www.altagrenewals.com to renew your vehicle tag; visit www.easytagal.comto register a new vehicle tag. Residents may also visit City Hall (Finance Department, 2nd floor) to renew/register a vehicle tag in-person, Monday-Friday from 8:30am-4pm. To maintain social distancing requirements, the visitor occupancy of this office is limited to two (2) people at a time.
- Yard Sale Permits: To obtain a yard sale permit, call 205.978.0188.
What Can You Do?
- Do not call 911 for the purpose of being tested for COVID-19. If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms of a contagious respiratory illness and you must call 911 for a medical emergency, please inform the 911 dispatcher of your symptoms.
- Wear a mask/face covering, if available, when leaving your home.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or your upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Discard used tissues immediately.
- Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use hand sanitizer that is 60-90% alcohol-based.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Practice social distancing. Try to keep an optimal six-foot distance from other people.
- Stay home if you are not feeling well or experiencing flu-like symptoms. Contact your doctor.
Helpful Links & Information
- Jefferson County Department of Health Testing Sites
- Jefferson County Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- Alabama Department of Health
- Vestavia Hills City Schools Parent Information
- Shop Local Guide: The Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce has compiled Restaurant, Retail and Service Guides to assist residents in supporting locally owned and/or operated businesses.