Last Friday, I sent an email to the Governor, to BCA, BBA and the Alabama Retailers Association, requesting help in lobbying the Governor to stop unfairly targeting one part of our economy by only closing small retailers. Large retailers, like Target, are not practicing safe business practices, yet they remain open. Our small retailers who were already practicing social distancing in their sales areas and good hygiene, by contrast, have been closed. The closing of these businesses unfairly targets small retail. I would appreciate BCA's lobby on behalf of our small retailers. I would argue that the closing of just these stores is arbitrary and capricious. We can't afford to lose this important part of our Alabama economy. Please fight for our small retailers.
The state health officer is only concerned about health, and fails to understand the impact that closing of small businesses has on the health and welfare of families. Alabama needs to look at both sides of the equation. We need a common sense, balanced approach. If small retail can follow particular guidelines (make these requirements), they should be allowed to conduct business with curbside or mail delivery.
The order should be amended again, to allow small businesses to remain open as long as they can follow health department guidelines (social distancing, hygiene).
Large box stores (such as Target) are not following safe practices to stop the spread--these stores should be inspected and required to follow the same safe practices as required by health department-regulated businesses. Lack of regulation of stores that remain open is increasing exposure and favoring large box stores over small retail.
The Governor's order is choking small retail businesses. It should be the public's decision about whether they can safely shop in stores. I hope the Governor will amend the order to allow this to be a business and customer-driven decision.