CONGRESSWOMAN SAYS SHE’S CONCERNED ABOUT OPENING UP ALABAMA
With the number of Alabama COVID-19 cases on the rise, one Congressional leader from Alabama is calling for a slowdown.
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, who represents District 7 in Alabama, is criticizing the decision to open businesses and saying the people most vulnerable are putting themselves at risk by going back to work.
Speaking in a virtual press conference Tuesday, Sewell said she urges Alabamians to consider a slower approach. Her remarks come on the heels of restaurants, bars, and salons opening across the state on Monday.
“I am quite concerned that a full throttle opening up and allowing very personal businesses to open up will definitely mean that we have to mitigate risks more carefully,” Sewell said. “I’m mighty afraid that we have not gotten adequate personal safety equipment in order to do that.”
Sewell is also pushing for the state’s $1.8 billion in federal Cares Act funding be strictly used to fight the coronavirus pandemic, instead of pet projects among Alabama’s legislators. Some legislators have been discussing spending millions on a new statehouse with the funds.
Currently, restaurants, bars, close contact services are operating under guidelines from the Alabama Department of Public Health. Among requirements, businesses must operate at limited capacity and use masks. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and state health officials are urging residents to wear masks when visiting businesses and to continue social distancing.