Local businesses and lawmakers hoping for the state to reopen

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(WDHN) — On March 28th Governor Ivey announced that all non-essential businesses must close for safety reasons during the coronavirus pandemic.

This had an effect on a lot of local businesses who have had a difficult time.

“It’s been rough, we’ve had the lights off for right at a month now,” Rudd President Jason Rudd said. “We do want to open up our business it’s time. It’s been four week we’re down about 90 percent of what we regularly do.”

Tomorrow Governor Ivey will hold a press conference to give an update on Covid-19. A lot of businesses are hoping that she will announce the reopening of these businesses.

Local lawmakers agree that this would be the time to do it.

“I think we got to get back to work now,” Alabama Representative Steve Clouse said. “As we’ve heard here in the last few weeks the cure could be worse than what the disease is and so it’s time for us to start making the move to get back to work.”

Local businesses can apply for the paycheck protection program, but there is only so much that can be done. These businesses are needing to open because they’re running thin, and a lot of them are ready to reopen.

“Just give us the opportunity to do what we do best and that’s to serve people, and to do it cautiously and again cleanly,” Rudd said. “So, we’re ready.”

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