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After closing Tuscaloosa's bars on Aug. 24, Mayor Walt Maddox plans to keep an amended version of the moratorium in place.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 17 at 5:01 p.m., the executive order will change slightly to accommodate updated occupancy limits and alcohol sale restrictions. A Thursday evening press release outlined the following:

  • "All ABC lounge licensed establishments may operate at a reduced interior capacity of 50% of their occupancy as established by the fire marshal, not to exceed 150 persons.
  • "All other ABC licensed establishments shall only allow alcohol sales to seated customers. Customers at these establishments will not be allowed to enter the premises unless seating is available."

The previous order indicated that the maximum occupancy limit for ABC lounge licensed establishments was 100 patrons.

The new order will remain in place until Sept. 24 at 5 p.m. Maddox has the authority to modify or extend these measures as he sees appropriate, chiefly depending on whether coronavirus cases in Tuscaloosa can continue to trend downward.

To read the full order, click here.