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May 13, 2020

Comments on the re-opening

Here’s what a few local officials had to say about Gov. Kay Ivey opening more segments of business in her Safer At Home order. There is a difference of opinion along political lines on the correct approach to take so we asked not only our elected Republican office holders but Marshall County Democratic chairperson Susan McKenney their thoughts:

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth

“I commend Gov. Kay Ivey and Dr. Scott Harris for leveling the playing field for small business owners and employees by allowing restaurants, gyms, barber shops and other job providers to resume operations.
“Countless employers and workers who simply want to return to their jobs have reached out to me through email, texts and social media over the past several weeks, and I have passed along their concerns and shared their frustrations.

“Even with increased testing, the percentage of positive COVID-19 cases in Alabama has declined or remained stable since early April. Evidence clearly indicates that the worst is behind us.

“It is now time to rebuild Alabama’s economy, re-energize our workforce, and redouble our efforts to Reopen Alabama Responsibly.

“I look forward to working alongside Gov. Ivey to accomplish each of those important goals.”

Sen. Clay Scofield

“I’m glad to see the Governor open the economy more. Our small businesses and employees have been hurting long enough. Everyone should continue to use personal responsibility and be cautious but the time has come to get everyone back to work. I encourage everyone to support our local businesses and help them get back on their feet.”

Rep. Wes Kitchens

“I commend the Governor for finally allowing the additional businesses to begin reopening. With guidelines in place regarding social distancing, I also encourage everyone to continue to be cautious as you return to your places of worship and businesses. The time has come for people to be able to go to church and work in a safe manner. Our community has always been one that supports our neighbors. Now it is as important as ever to help our businesses and workers.”

Susan McKenney

“Marshall County had its biggest daily increase in confirmed cases last week. This data is publicly available at the Alabama Department of Public Health’s website. I would base a decision to reopen based on science and the health of our neighbors over any economic argument. Our Courthouses aren’t opening until May 18. Why can’t others be afforded that same extra precaution?”


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