The most recent Order of the State Health Officer may be accessed from the links below. While we understand that COVID restrictions are not universally agreed upon by our residents, your Mayor and City Council respectfully request that residents err on the side of caution and take personal responsibility for their health and safety.
Orders, Proclamations & Advisories
- November 4, 2020: Order of the State Health Officer extending the Safer at Home order until December 11, 2020.
- 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 wear face coverings and 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: Building inspections are continuing as normal, as they have not been deemed to pose a significant health hazard. For assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 at City Hall. For assistance or questions, email email@example.com 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: The library is open Monday through Saturday from 9am-2pm daily. Curbside service is available Monday through Saturday from 10am-6pm daily. Click here additional information and instructions for utilizing this service. For the most up-to-date information regarding materials checkout, as well as accessing online resources, click here.
- Municipal Court: In-person court proceedings have resumed. For more information, visit the Municipal Court’s web page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Parks & Recreation:
- Recreation Center: The Rec Center is open. For the most up-to-date information, including hours of operation, visit the Parks & Recreation web page. Please note: All patrons must enter through the main entrance and exit immediately following their program and, in compliance with the most recent state order, all locker rooms and showers remain closed.
- Playgrounds, Fields & Rec Sports: All City-owned playgrounds are open. (This does not apply to school-owned playgrounds.) Athletic fields are also open. Field reservations MUST BE SCHEDULED IN ADVANCE through Parks & Rec by calling 205.978.0166. Public restrooms are open. Green spaces and trails are 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 email@example.com or 205.967.5977. If you are serviced at the Civic Center and have questions, please contact Sandi Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 205.978.0163.
- 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.
- 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 when leaving your home.
- 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
- Alabama Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- 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.