December 21, 2020: In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the holiday season, Mayor Walt Maddox has amended an executive order to extend the non-payment grace period for city utilities.
December 7, 2020: In an effort to protect our local healthcare system and maintain essential City functions among rising COVID-19 community spread, access to City buildings and events has been limited. City Hall will be closed to the public effective 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7 until Jan. 4, 2021. Learn More
November 25, 2020: Mayor Maddox has amended the Executive Order regarding face coverings in City buildings to clarify that face shields may be worn in addition to but not in place of a face covering.
September 23, 2020 – The City has created a special permitting process to allow restaurants in the City to temporarily expand their business into outdoor spaces. Learn More
September 23, 2020 – Mayor Maddox Issues Amendment to Executive Order Regarding Bars and Restaurants. The Executive Order will go into effect at 5:01 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24th.
September 3, 2020 - Mayor Maddox has amended the March 13, 2020 Executive Order regarding the grace period allotted for water, sewer and solid waste collection nonpayment. The grace period has been extended until December31, 2020.
August 27, 2020 – The State Health Officer has extended the Safer at Home Order until October 2. This includes wearing a mask or face covering in public places and in close contact with other people. The City will continue to follow this order.
August 24, 2020 – Mayor Maddox has issued an Executive Order Regarding Bar and Restaurant Dining Room Operation, from 5 p.m. on August 24 until September 8.
August 21, 2020 – COVID-19 Drive-Thru Testing
Free COVID-19 Drive-Thru testing is open to everyone regardless of symptoms and will be available while supplies last. Individuals who wish to be tested are encouraged to register online prior to testing at https://www.doineedacovid19test.com/
- Where: The Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Training and Logistics Center, 3311 Kauloosa Avenue
- When: Aug. 24 to Sept. 4. (While Supplies Last)
- Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Additional Testing Sites:
Cathedral of the Cross
1480 Center Point Pkwy
Birmingham, AL 35215
Galleria (Sears Parking Lot)
2500 Galleria Circle
Hoover, AL 35244
August 6, 2020 – Mayor Maddox has issued an Executive Order Regarding Time and Occupancy Restrictions of Certain Businesses, effective August 6 at 5 p.m.
August 5, 2020 – Mayor Maddox held a press conference to discuss emergency order and restrictions on alcohol sales. Download a copy of the presentation.
July 29, 2020 – The State Health Officer has extended the Safer at Home Order until August 31. This includes wearing a face covering in indoor public places. The City will continue to follow this order.
July 27, 2020 - In an emergency meeting today, the Alabama Beverage Control Board voted unanimously to cut off on-premise alcohol sales at bars, restaurants and clubs at 11 p.m. each night with the requirement that all alcohol be consumed by 11:30 p.m.
July 15, 2020 - As of tomorrow (July 16) at 5 p.m., the City of Tuscaloosa will follow the State Health Director's emergency order regarding face coverings.
June 30, 2020 - Tuscaloosa City Council unanimously voted on June 30, to adopt an ordinance requiring face coverings to be worn while interacting in public places in the City of Tuscaloosa.
June 11, 2020 - Mayor Maddox has amended the March 13, 2020 Executive Order regarding the grace period allotted for water, sewer and solid waste collection nonpayment. The grace period has been extended for another 60 days until September 30, 2020.
June 5, 2020 – Effective Friday, June 2, face coverings that fully cover the nose and mouth are required for employees and public visitors in all City-owned and -operated facilities. Read executive order.
May 11, 2020 - The City’s Historic Preservation Commission, Planning and Zoning Commission, and Zoning Board of Adjustment have had to cancel meetings during March and April. In order to clear applications currently pending before these boards, The Mayor has suspended the acceptance of new applications until June 18. Learn More.
May 8, 2020 - Effective on Monday, May 11 the City of Tuscaloosa will abide by the State Health Officer’s amended “Safer at Home” Order as issued today (Friday, May 8).
Mayor Walt Maddox has repealed his Executive Order adopting the Reopen Tuscaloosa plan. The City will now defer to the Alabama Public Health Officer’s phased reopening while continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation.
May 5, 2020 - To reduce potential COVID-19 exposure for our sanitation workers, the City has temporarily suspended curbside recycling and closed recycling drop-off sites. During this time, residents wishing to recycle may bring their recycling to the Environmental Service Building (3440 Kauloosa Ave.) on Mondays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Cardboard should be broken down, and paper, plastics, cans, and glass should be sorted before arrival at the drop-off site to limit contact. Electronics (listed below) are also accepted. However, trash and garbage are not accepted. For questions, please call Tuscaloosa 311.
April 29, 2020 – Mayor Maddox has amended the March 13, 2020 Executive Order regarding the grace period allotted for water, sewer and solid waste collection nonpayment. The grace period has been extended for another 60 days until June 12, 2020.
April 29, 2020 – Mayor Maddox has amended the April 16, 2020 Executive Order regarding the temporary opening of certain City parks. Shelby, Bowers, Snow Hinton, Palmore and Sokol Parks are open for the use of walking trails, green spaces, and community gardens during daylight hours until June 12.
April 21, 2020 – Mayor Walt Maddox will present a plan to City Council on April 28 to begin allowing businesses that have been deemed inessential during the “Stay at Home” order to reopen in limited capacities. Read More
April 17, 2020 – Mayor Walt Maddox has issued an executive order re-adopting the Alabama Department of Public Health’s “Stay at Home” order until April 30.
April 10, 2020 – The City encourages you to make a weather plan for your family that considers COVID-19 guidelines. Plan to shelter in a safe place with as few people as possible. If you need to use a City shelter, please plan to bring face coverings and hand sanitizer for yourself and your family. The City will do our best to maintain six feet of space between persons in City shelters.
April 8, 2020 – Download a copy of the informational slides from Mayor Maddox's Virtual Townhall today.
April 4, 2020 – As of April 4 at 5 p.m., the City of Tuscaloosa is deferring to the Stay at Home Order issued by Governor Kay Ivey for the state of Alabama.
The only exception in the City to the Governor’s Order is the Mayor’s April 3 order to open four, not all, of the City’s public parks.
April 3, 2020 - Mayor Maddox to hold a virtual press conference in response to Governor Ivey's Stay at Home Order. Read More
April 3, 2020 - Tuscaloosa Mayor Asks Residents to “Make Some Noise for Tuscaloosa Heroes” Read More
March 30, 2020 - In order to maintain the safety and health of our officers, the Tuscaloosa Police Department headquarters will temporarily be closed to the public. TPD will remain fully operational during this time. In-person police reports and accident reports will not be available for pick-up until April 11, 2020. Online accident reports can be found on tuscsloosa.com.
March 30, 2020 – In accordance with the Alabama Department of Public Health order, access to Tuscaloosa’s City Hall is restricted to the public effective immediately. Read More
March 30, 2020 – To reduce potential COVID-19 exposure for sanitation workers, the City will suspend curbside recycling after Thursday, April 2. Recycling drop-off sites and the recycling center will also close at the end of the day on Friday, April 3.
March 26, 2020 – Due to the rapidly developing situation, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox has issued an executive order extending the public safety curfew for Tuscaloosa residents to 24 hours a day. The order will go into effect on Sunday, March 29 at 10 p.m. and continue in effect until midnight on Saturday, April 11. Read More
March 25, 2020 – City of Tuscaloosa to Pilot Curbside Farmers Market at Tuscaloosa River Market. Read More
March 23, 2020 – Mayor Walt Maddox announces a virtual town hall to address COVID-19 efforts in Tuscaloosa. Read More
March 19, 2020– The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) will postpone the monthly meeting until Monday, April 27 in hopes that CDC guidance will allow for larger groups at that time.
March 18, 2020– In an ongoing effort to promote the health and welfare of the residents of Tuscaloosa in light of COVID-19, Mayor Walt Maddox has issued an Executive Order to close all City of Tuscaloosa owned parks to the public nightly from dusk until dawn. Read More
March 18, 2020– In accordance with the CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) COVID-19 guidelines to restrict gatherings of 25 people or more, the City of Tuscaloosa will reschedule all Elevate Advisory Council and Subcommittee meetings through May 1st. Read More
March 17, 2020– In an on-going effort to protect the health and safety of our officers and community members, the Tuscaloosa Police Department will be closing the east, west and downtown precincts. The Tuscaloosa Police Headquarters will remain open. To file a police report, please call 205-349-2121. In case of an emergency, please call 911. Learn More
March 17, 2020– The Alabama Department of Public Health has issued an Order of the State Health Officer, putting additional restrictions on public gatherings and businesses. Mayor Walt Maddox addressed these restrictions during today's press conference.
- Download a copy of Mayor Maddox's remarks (PDF) from the press conference.
Download a copy of the Order of the State Health Officer (PDF)
Press Release: Alabama Department of Public Health Order Regarding COVID-19
March 15, 2020 – Tuscaloosa Requests Assistance with Voluntary Social Distancing.
March 15, 2020 – Per order of the Alabama Supreme Court, all Tuscaloosa Municipal Court proceedings scheduled to take place between March 16 and April 16 will be rescheduled for a later date. Additionally, all Court Ordered deadlines are being extended to May 16. During this 60-day period, this court will NOT order any new fees or warrants related to Failure to Appear or Pay. Non-appearance due dates will have until May 16 to bring the case up-to-date. For more information visit www.tuscaloosa.com/court.
March 13, 2020– The first case of COVID-19 within the city of Tuscaloosa has been reported to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Mayor Maddox issued an Emergency Declaration during tonight’s press conference.
March 13, 2020 – Mayor Walt Maddox ordered an extension of the non-payment grace period for water, sewage and garbage services in the City of Tuscaloosa by 60 days.
- Download a copy of the Executive Order (PDF).
March 12, 2020– Mayor Walt Maddox announced the cancellation of all city events for the remainder of March during today's press conference. This includes all public events hosted, permitted or on property owned by the city.
This does not include meetings crucial to the city’s operations and will be open to the public in accordance to state law.
- Download a copy of Mayor Maddox's remarks (PDF) from the press conference.