Open Up the Downtown Clemson Businesses

Open Up the Downtown Clemson Businesses

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John Gwinn started this petition to Clemson City Council and

To the members of the Clemson City Council and Police Department,

Over the course of the past twelve months, we have all weathered the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Not only have the sheer number of cases placed a strain on our community and resources, but the resulting shockwaves have also forced the closure of small businesses at a rate not seen since the Great Depression.  Speaking as a resident of Clemson, a student at the university, and an employee of one of the businesses downtown, I have seen firsthand the economic impacts of both the virus and the restrictions put on small businesses by state and local government officials. It pains me to see the local businesses I love hemorrhaging money at an unsustainable rate and the employees at these businesses struggling to pay their bills because of the extreme capacity regulations and fines being given out on a nightly basis. Furthermore, I know that students tend to avoid these restrictions by either attending packed house parties with no safety regulations or oversight or by leaving the city entirely to visit surrounding areas such as Greenville or Atlanta with no capacity restrictions, which leads me to question who these mandates protect.

After discussing this topic with many business owners, employees, and students we believe that on February 18th, when the City Council reconvenes to discuss extending the current city mandates regarding capacity, the city council should vote to resume following guidelines set forth by the Governor in Executive order 2020-73. The capacity and mask protocols set forth in this document were decided upon after consultation with the CDC as well as other leading virologists to ensure the safety of the general populace of South Carolina while simultaneously allowing small businesses the ability to generate enough revenue to survive as we go through these uncertain times.

As previously mentioned, any additional restrictions or mandates implemented by the City of Clemson will only serve to further impede the businesses in our community as they struggle through the current economic climate. These additional restrictions also continue to drive students and residents alike to patronize businesses of surrounding areas rather than dealing with the mandates currently being strictly enforced in downtown Clemson. With the current status of low positive cases in the area in conjunction with the university policy of weekly testing of students and faculty, I believe that we can return to the guidelines set forth by the Governor and continue to operate in a safe manner that is beneficial for both residents of Clemson and the businesses that call this city home.

In closing, I ask that the members of the city council work with their community to employ guidelines that will protect not only the health of the community but the wellbeing of small businesses and the people who depend on them. I believe that the guidelines set forth in Executive Order 2020-73 are sufficient to safeguard the health of our city’s population while also ensuring the survival of beloved fixtures in the community who may otherwise be forced to close their doors if these strict mandates continue.

Respectfully,

Jay Gwinn

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