BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Governor Kay Ivey has issued a statewide stay-at-home order that will go into effect Saturday at 5 p.m.

Gov. Ivey made the announcement at a press conference with the Alabama Department of Public of Health, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris and, Attorney General Steve Marshall Friday afternoon.

Gov. Ivey says that there are some exceptions, people can still go out for food, for curbside and pick-up only. People are also allowed to go to grocery stores for essential shopping, to visit family and to exercise.

The median age is now 49 when it comes to those who are becoming sick with the virus. Gov. Ivey says this is a ‘deadly virus.’

Several surrounding states have already issued stay-at-home orders and multiple cities in Alabama have issued them as well in the previous days.

Statewide Stay-At-Home Ordinance