Business Council of Alabama says to ‘Keep Alabama Open’

With some people suggesting a nationwide shutdown might be in order to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the Business Council of Alabama is saying the State of Alabama can remain open — safely — and it’s launching a campaign to that effect.

“Keep Alabama Open” is a campaign, including social media, window signs and bumper stickers, to allow Alabama to make its own decision about what precautions to take during the pandemic.

“Nothing is more important to BCA than the safety of hardworking families across Alabama,” said Katie Boyd Britt, president and CEO of the BCA, in a prepared statement. “As this year has already shown, Alabamians are at their best when overcoming adversity. COVID-19 has stolen lives and destroyed livelihoods across our state, and these next few months will require all of us working together to win this fight.”

Britt added that a “one-size-fits-all lockdown” is not the answer.

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“Instead, we must each renew our personal commitment to combatting this invisible enemy in order to safely and responsibly Keep Alabama Open,” she said.

A number of organizations are working with the BCA to “Keep Alabama Open,” including the Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama, National Federation of Independent Business, Alabama Restaurant and Hospitality Association and Alabama Retail Association.

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