Here is a roundup of area closings, postponements and public notices due to COVID-19 concerns. This list will be updated as new announcements come in.
All scheduled Census 2020 events have been postponed for 30 days. Officials will announce a new schedule at a later time.
Cullman County Sheriff Matt Gentry has implemented safety restrictions at the Cullman County Detention Center and Sheriff’s Office. All non-essential personnel has been suspended from entering the detention center. This includes visitors, volunteers, and any volunteer program officials. Exceptions will be made for legal visits by attorneys, which will be determined on a case by case basis. The Sheriff’s Office main lobby will remains open for the time being. If a person needs to renew a pistol permit they can find the form online at cullmansheriff.org/pistol-permits.php. Fill it out and mail it in and a permit will be mail if qualified.The detention center will not be accepting any property for inmates from friends and family. Nurses at the detention center will be conducting temperature checks on all essential personnel before they enter the facility. These restrictions will be in place until April 30 and will be reevaluated at that time.
The Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce office is temporarily closed. Employees will work from home. The chamber staff is still accessible through email and through the main office number – 256-734-0454. Chamber events scheduled in March will be postponed until further notice. Several companies around in the community may decide to limit their hours or close until further notice. The chamber is working to create a list of those businesses that may alter times of operation. Stay tuned for that list of companies. If you have any membership questions regarding ribbon cuttings, or general membership please email Brittney Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alabama Supreme Court has suspended most court proceedings in the state for the next 30 days. This includes municipal, juvenile, probate, district, circuit and appellate courts. Parties can continue to e-file pleadings and judges will continue to file orders. Exceptions during the suspension are proceedings that protect constitutional rights in criminal cases, such as bond proceedings and plea agreements of jailed individuals; any trials that were in progress as of Friday; emergency protection proceedings, including emergency child custody and mental health orders; petitions for temporary injunctive relief; proceedings related to the COVID-19 public health emergency; and emergent proceedings as needed by law enforcement.
In accordance with Governor Kay Ivey’s directive and guidance by the Alabama Community College System, Wallace State is discontinuing on-campus instruction as well as non-essential on-campus services, and transitioning to remote delivery of services until April 6, 2020.
The Alabama Department of Veterans office is closed until April 6, but veterans can still contact Cullman and Blount County Veteran Service Officer Candace Reppond by accessing the link on the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs website, “Find Your Veterans Service Office” or by calling the office at 256-775-4662.
The Cullman Electric Cooperative is temporarily ending member access to in-office services as a precautionary response to the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. The lobbies at both of its Cullman-based offices, and that access to Co-op property will be limited only to employees until further notice. Billing and service requests can still be done online or over the phone, and the Co-op will continue accepting payments at its offices, at the kiosks or the drive-thru window. The Co-op is keeping members updated about its real-time response to the effect of the pandemic via Twitter and Facebook, as well as at its main website.
Cullman Parks, Recreation, & Sports Tourism have closed the following facilities effective until April 6: Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center, Cullman Gymnastics and Cheer Academy, Donald E. Green Active Adult Center, all organized activities at Heritage Park (Baseball, Softball, Soccer, etc.), Indoor Archery Range, Central Office at City Hall, Festhalle Farmers Market, Cross Creek Golf Course will remain open for individual play (no tournaments). All walking trails will remain open (Duck River, Hurricane Creek Park. etc).
City of Good Hope Youth League Baseball/Softball will follow the lead of the Cullman County Board of Education. All City of Good Hope facilities are closed, no practicing allowed, includes all events, leagues and travel ball. The goal is for the season to resume and be extended as follows: resume practice on April 6 with first games to be played on April 13. Parents not wanting their child to participate at this point, will gladly receive a refund in full. For those wanting to keep their uniform, the price will be deducted from the registration fee. City hall doors will be locked so do not come to city hall. Refunds will be mailed. For more information, call 256-739-3757 or send a message through the city Facebook page: The City of Good Hope or Good Hope Park & Recreation.
The Scripture Luncheon by Sacred Heart of Jesus Altar Society scheduled for Saturday, April 4, 2020, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church Knights of Columbus annual Lenten fish fry dinners have been cancelled.
Overeaters Anonymous meetings at the Carriage House behind Grace Episcopal Church, 305 Arnold St. N.E. are cancelled until further notice. For more information, call 724-376-2124 or 256-352-1143.
The Cullman Regional Foundation Gala has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 6 at Brick Haven. However, this could change as the situation changes.
Cullman Regional has set up a call center (256-735-5530) to answer any questions or concerns of the community. Stay up-to-date on information by visiting CullmanRegional.com or by following Cullman Regional on Facebook @CullmanRegionalMedicalCenter. For more information regarding the Gala, call 256-737-2565.
Cullman Regional is modifying its visitor policy across all Cullman Regional facilities including the hospital, urgent care centers, medical group office and the Surgery Center of Cullman until further notice.
Additional Visitation Restrictions include:
- All visitors must sign in at the Main Lobby Desk inside of the Main Hospital Entrance.
- All access into the hospital from Professional Office Buildings 1 & 2 will be badge access only.
- No visits for patients with suspected or positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
- Visitation hours will remain as 6 a.m. until 8 pm.
Previous visitation restrictions remain:
- No visitors under the age of 16, even when an adult is with them. With exceptions for extraordinary circumstances which will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- No more than two visitors at a time per room.
- Visitors will be required to sanitize hands when entering the hospital and when entering and exiting any patient rooms.
- Anyone who has a fever, cough, body aches or sore throat should stay away from the facility unless they are seeking treatment.