A Message From Mayor Gary Fuller
Hello Friends- Unfortunately the numbers keep rising. Gov. Kay Ivey issued a Mandatory Mask Order effective July 16 at 5 p.m. We are at a critical point. Numbers need to come down so that businesses can stay open, schools can start on time and we can get back to normal. Please do your part.
City of Opelika COVID-19 Press Releases
City of Opelika Changes Per Gov. Ivey’s Amended Safer At Home Order May 22 (PDF)
Executive Order 01-20 Amendment - Retail open to 50% capacity per Mayor Fuller (PDF)
Executive Order 04-20 Amendment 3 (PDF)
Executive Order 04-20 Amendment 2 (PDF)
Opelika Municipal Court Extends Emergency Order Until May 15 (PDF)
OPS Extends Waiver of Late Fees Until June 15 (PDF)
Mayor Fuller Amends Parks & Recreation Facilities & Location Excecutive Order 02-20 (PDF)
Mayor Fuller Responds to Gov. Ivey Safer At Home Order for April 30 (PDF)
Governor Ivey Issues New Safer At Home Order Effective April 30-5PM (PDF)
Info Sheet from Gov. Ivey Safer At Home Order (PDF)
Execuitive Order 04-20 All City Buildings and Facilities Closure Extended (Mayor Gary Fuller) (PDF)
Executive Order 02-20 Closing Parks & Recreation Facilities & Locations (Mayor Gary Fuller) (PDF)
Executive Order 01-20 Limiting Numbers in Retail and Grocery Stores (Mayor Gary Fuller) (PDF)
Opelika Municipal Court Order Extended Until April 30 (PDF)
City Buildings Closed Until April 17; Mayor Issues Other Concerns 3-30-20 (PDF)
Mayor Fuller Responds to Gov. Kay Ivey’s Press Conference - 3-27-20 (PDF)
Recycling Centers and Commercial Cardboard Routes Temporarily Closed 3-25-20 (PDF)
City Closes Buildings To Public and Offers Businesses Relief 3-20-20
Emergency Ordinance Concerning COVID-19 Approved 3-17-20 (PDF)
COVID-19 City of Opelika Updates 3-17-20 (PDF)
Opelika Municipal Court Outlines Court Procedures - COVID19 (PDF)
Opelika Municipal Court - FULL ORDER (PDF)
COVID-19 City Departments Take Precautionary Measures 3-13-20 (PDF)
COVID-19 Mayor Fuller Statement 3-13-20 (PDF)
City of Opelika Department Phone Numbers
Opelika Parks & Recreation
- City parks and walking trails are open. This includes disk golf, pickleball courts, dog parks, baseball fields and tennis courts.
- Outdoor basketball courts and soccer fields will remain closed due to these being close contact sports.
Opelika Power Services Billing & Services Information
Opelika Power Services (OPS) continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation to make decisions that protect the health and well-being of our customers and employees. We will be opening our lobby for APPOINTMENTS ONLY beginning June 22, 2020. Appointments can be made for the following type services: application for new services, transfer of services, discussion of payment arrangements, or other similar situations. Only one person will be allowed in the building per account. Exceptions may be requested when calling to schedule the appointment. Please call (334) 705-5170 option 3 to speak with a Customer Service Representative to discuss your need and schedule an appointment if necessary. Many items can be handled by phone and will not require an appointment.
All payments are to be made through the drive-thru window. Our drive-thru window is open for payments between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
OPS offers several ways to make payment that do not require using the drive-thru window. We offer bank draft, online bill pay at our website www.opelikapower.com (requires an account be set up by calling us), pay by phone at (334) 705-5170 option 2, by mail, or night drop box.
As a reminder, OPS resumed adding late fees and nonpayment fees to bills that were due by 4:30 p.m. on or after June 10, 2020. All past due amounts need to be paid by the delinquent date shown on your bill to avoid late fees on the outstanding balance and payment must be received by the nonpayment date to keep power from being disconnected. If you need a little more time to catch up your payments, please call us to make payment arrangements at (334) 705-5170 option 3.
Governor Ivey Issues Statement on Statewide Public Health Order
East Alabama Medical Center Update (April 29 - 5 p.m.)
When Governor Ivey’s “Stay-at-Home” orders are replaced by her “Safer-at-Home” orders on Thursday, EAMC and EAMC-Lanier will keep their visitor restrictions in place. The restrictions, which only allow for 1-2 designated family members in specific situations (childbirth, pediatric patient, and when a patient’s death is imminent) will remain until further notice so as to protect patients and staff. EAMC will announce when these restrictions change and there will likely still be limitations.
As EAMC and area physicians begin to see more patients in person, we kindly ask that anyone entering a medical facility wear a mask that covers both nose and mouth. The mask should remain on while you are inside the building unless a physician or staff member asks you to remove it.
Cloth Masks Needed for Nursing Homes
The CDC has released new recommendations for residents in nursing homes to wear masks when receiving care or outside of their rooms. If you are interested in donating cloth/ear loop masks for the residents of Oak Park and EAMC-Lanier Nursing Home, please deliver them to the Main Lobby entrance at EAMC and they will be sent to these locations. The nursing homes have about 200 combined residents and they would like for each resident to have a handful of masks.
EAMC’s 528-SICK call center was open 24/7 in March and April, but scaled back its hours when COVID-19 cases in east Alabama slowed in May and early June. The hours are currently 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, but could change if the demand continues to increase. The number of calls and tests has increased each of the past three weeks and is on track to do so again this week.
For confirmed Alabama COVID-19 cases by county, please visit this ADPH link: https://covid19.alabama.gov/#live-updates
Opelika City School Information
The Opelika City Schools are committed to ensuring that students are fed a nutritious meal when schools are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Carver Primary School and Opelika High School will be serving lunch meals Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. beginning Monday, March 23. An additional site has been added for free student meals -- Opelika Learning Center on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This distribution will take place in the bus loop off of Easy Street. The meals will be provided for free to anyone 18 years old or younger regardless of which school they attend. No paperwork is required. Children must be present in order to receive the meal. Please note that the schools will be set up for pick up service only. No meals will be consumed on site. Directional signs will be posted at Carver Primary and Opelika High School.
For any questions or guidance regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 please refer to the CDC website (travel warnings) for the most updated information https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.
The Alabama Department of Public Health updates can be found at http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/infectiousdiseases/2019-coronavirus.html. For COVID-19 testing sites and hours of operation, call the ADPH 24-hour hotline at 1-888-264-2256
For the most recent information from the Opelika Chamber of Commerce. Restaurants Open; Shops & Businesses Open
For the most recent information from EAMC, visit https://www.eamc.org/patient-and-guests/coronavirus-covid-19-update.
AO Tourism Information on Restaurants and Businesses: https://www.aotourism.com/page/lovelocal?fbclid=IwAR1xoSrZmJD8OEU9xaEAy6R7WbyW3wvLy7Zp7jhh3B3YSlLyfKs2fWLrZLY
COVID-19-Related Emergency Actions of Alabama State Agencies: http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/legal/orders.html
Department of Labor Unemployment Benefits FAQ: https://www.labor.alabama.gov/Coronavirus%20Unemployment%20Benefits%20FAQ.pdf
Alabama workers who are not able to work due to COVID-19 will be eligible to file for unemployment benefits: https://www.labor.alabama.gov/COVID-19%20UC%20Changes%20March%2016%202020%20News%20Release.pdf
Disaster Loan Assistance (Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters): https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
Small Business Administration (SBA) Alabama District Office: https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/al/birmingham
CDC – Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
CDC – What to do if you are sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
CDC – How to Protect Yourself: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html
White House Coronavirus Guidelines for America: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.16.20_coronavirus-guidance_8.5x11_315PM.pdf
FEMA Rumor Control Website: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control.
A free guide at HighSpeedInternet.net to help families stay online, by listing all of the service providers offering crisis assistance: https://www.highspeedinternet.net/covid-internet-assistance/
Lee-Russell Council of Governments - April Newsletter http://www.lrcog.com/LRCOG%20AT%20WORK%20NewsletterApril2020.pdf If you need to contact LRCG, please call 334-749-5264.