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Birmingham area barber shops make changes to combat COVID-19

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) — Vestavia Barber Shop opened their doors officially on Tuesday and said ever since, it’s been very busy. Julie Turpin, a barber at Vestavia Barber Shop, said that on average, about 10 people are on the wait list. She said they’ve made a lot of changes to ensure everyone safety like […] → Read More

Birmingham restaurants changing Mother’s Day plans due to COVID-19

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — Mother’s Day is usually one of the busiest holidays in the restaurant industry. However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, families aren’t able to dine so restaurants are getting creative on how to bring their food to their customers on Mother’s Day. Bandit Patisserie and The Essential, both run by the same owners, […] → Read More

Alabama meat stores prepare for higher prices due to nationwide meat shortage caused by viral outbreak

CENTER POINT, Ala. (WIAT) — Stores like Grikey’s Meat and Market in Center Point are preparing for the possibility of meat prices to rise due to the meat shortage happening around the United States. Owner Brad Snyder said he heard a meat shortage was in the future so he got an offsite storage and started […] → Read More

Birmingham area summer camps face hard decisions on whether or not to stay open due to COVID-19

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — A lot of summer camps in Central Alabama are having to decide whether summer camp will happen or not. The YMCA of Greater Birmingham President Dan Pile said camp is happening but they’re already changing the programs. “Summer camp is going to be an interesting proposition. We’re actually looking at plans […] → Read More

Local shops in Hoover ready to reopen following COVID-19 closures

HOOVER, Ala (WIAT) — Many local store owners in Hoover are opening their doors for the first time in weeks since the stay at home order went in effect. The owner of Wrapsody in Hoover said for the past six to seven weeks, she’s been doing only curbside pickup, and her loyal customers are what’s […] → Read More

Birmingham gyms looking into how to safely reopen when state allows it

MOUNTAIN BROOK, Ala. (WIAT) — The Levite Jewish Community Center is working on a responsible reopen plan, in conjuction with infectious disease specialists. Samantha Dubrinsky, executive director for the LJCC, said even if Gov. Kay Ivey allowed gyms to reopen in her “safer-at-home” order, they were not planning on opening this week, and possibly not […] → Read More

Alabama businesses preparing to reopen if stay-at-home order ends

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) — Many businesses in Alabama are eagerly waiting for Governor Kay Ivey’s announcement Tuesday regarding reopening the state. Hair studios are already getting things in place, if doors can reopen for businesses like Fringe Hair Studio in Homewood. Chris Presley, owner of Fringe Hair Studio, said he’s prepared for his staff to […] → Read More

More mobile testing for coronavirus open Thursday in Jefferson County

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — UAB Medicine revealed that it will deploy new COVID-19 mobile testing sites to communities within Jefferson County beginning Thursday. The mobile testing will begin on Thursday at Central Park Christian School, also known as Rock City, in Birmingham, and move to Cathedral of the Cross, in Center Point, on Friday, May 1. The […] → Read More

Calls to Birmingham crisis hotline up 50% due to COVID-19, unemployment caused by virus

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — The Crisis Center in Birmingham said their Crisis & Suicide Hotline calls have increased by around 50% since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Emily Roebuck, director of the crisis hotline program crisis and suicide hotline program, said a lot of people are fearful of the future and feeling isolated due […] → Read More

Nonprofit groups facing challenges during COVID-19 crisis

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Nonprofits like Make-A-Wish Alabama and aTeam Ministries are facing new challenges because of the COVID-19 crisis. Make-a-Wish Alabama reports that 40 wishes are being postponed, but they do plan on rescheduling them when it’s safe for their families. “It’s not just the to-go wishes which is to go Disney World or […] → Read More

UAB doctor weighs on when its time to reopen, how businesses are planning

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Dr. Mike Saag, an infectious disease specialist at UAB, said health care professionals need more time to plan, before the state can start rethinking of how to reopen. Saag said no one should reopen until they have a firm plan on how manage cases and contact tracing of COVID-19, adding that […] → Read More

Vestavia Hills mom recovers from COVID-19 after 21 days of symptoms

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) — Alicia Brooks said she is thankful her COVID-19 wasn’t severe and that she is now not showing any symptoms of the virus. Brooks, who has multiple sclerosis, said 21 days passed from the time she felt her first symptom to her last. She said her symptoms included a massive headache […] → Read More

Food trucks visiting Birmingham neighborhoods during shelter in place

BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) — Food trucks are a saving grace for many Alabama restaurants and those in the food business. The owner of Nuzzi Gelato, Nick Iannuzzi, said this has kept him in business and the community is showing a lot of support to the food trucks and small businesses. “It’s definitely not what we […] → Read More

Alabama farmers concerned about the market due to COVID-19

CHILTON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Across the country, farmers have had to dump or destroy produce or milk because they’ve been unable to get perishable items into the food supply chain in a timely manner due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Alabama Farmers Federation said Alabama farmers are fortunate because spring is the season where […] → Read More

Hoover expects to lose $8 million to $15 million due to COVID-19 pandemic

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — Hoover mayor Frank Brocato and the Hoover City Council say they’re working together to make sure the city adjusts their spending during this financial crisis. A letter was sent out to Hoover residents explaining how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the city financially and how the Department of Revenue predicts the […] → Read More

Severe weather and COVID-19 to affect Easter services Sunday

SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Many churches were already adjusting their Easter Sunday plans to follow the COVID-19 social distance guidelines. Some, like Siluria Baptist Church in Alabaster, were planning to hold their first drive-in service on Easter Sunday. Now, severe weather is a possibility so Pastor Michael Brooks decided to cancel those plans. “The […] → Read More

Woodlawn Sick Clinic hopes to be accessible to community during coronavirus pandemic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Woodlawn Sick Clinic, which is run by Christ Health Center, is hoping to make healthcare more accessible to people in the area. Dr. Cleon Rogers, chief medical officer for Christ Health Center, said the purpose of this sick clinic was to provide excellent medical care without exposing healthcare workers to […] → Read More

Cleaning you home when you’re living with someone with COVID-19

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — As more cases of COVID-19 are confirmed in central Alabama, the chances are high that someone you’re living with may have the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that if that happens, it’s important the person that is sick stay in a separate room and use a separate […] → Read More

Vestavia Hills mom with multiple sclerosis tests positive for COVID-19

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WIAT) — Alicia Brooks, a mom in Vestavia Hills, said she took all the precautions necessary to avoid COVID-19, but tested positive for the virus over the weekend. Brooks said before the shelter in place ordinance took effect, she was already isolating herself and not leaving the house. That’s because she’s in […] → Read More

Alabama car dealerships seeing drastic decrease in services due to COVID-19 pandemic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Car dealerships like Jim Burke and Hoover Toyota are trying to adjust to the decrease in sales due to COVID-19 and shelter in place ordinance. Car dealerships and services are deemed essential in the state of Alabama. Melvin Raymond, finance director for Jim Burke dealerships, said it’s a tough time for […] → Read More