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The mayor of Gulf Shores said yesterday that the city's beaches and businesses could reopen May 1 if the state continues to flatten the coronavirus curve.

Mayor Robert Craft said that he and city leaders were asked to provide recommendations to state leaders on how the state could return to a new normal.

Craft said that local businesses and families are "barely hanging on" and it's his belief that it's time to develop a plan for a gradual and measured approach to reopening local businesses.

Here are the recommendations provided by the mayor, with the stipulation that improvements continue in relation to COVID-19:

  • May 1 - All beaches would reopen for limited recreation only as long as social distancing guidelines are followed. The use of chairs, tents and umbrellas would be prohibited.
  • May 1 - All small businesses would reopen and restaurants and bars would reopen with on-premise consumption subject to social distancing guidelines.
  • May 15 - All beaches would reopen to normal activities in compliance with social distancing guidelines.

Ultimately though, Alabama governor Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris will make the decisions on when things open.