To Governor Kay Ivey: Safely resuming trade shows in Alabama

To Governor Kay Ivey: Safely resuming trade shows in Alabama

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Shawn Bean started this petition to Governor Kay Ivey and

Many states in the South are beginning to reopen from the recent lockdowns.  America is ready to get back to work and this petition addresses how trade shows can safely reopen this May. 

The economic fallout from the lockdowns gets worse the longer businesses are closed.  The PPP has not had the intended effect and has been more helpful for large business.  Our vendors are all small businesses and many are financially hurting.  Small businesses are the backbone of the economy and we need to get back to work before more damage is done.  Big box stores that have remained open have small aisles and can quickly get crowded.  In spite of this, we have not had a big spike in cases.

Based on the evidence and guidelines from states that are reopening, here is what I propose.  We will have a minimum of 12ft aisles and at least 6 ft spacing between different vendors to help maintain physical distancing guidelines.  Our staff will wear masks and gloves.  We will have signs posted reminding everyone to maintain the physical distancing recommendation.  We will have signs at the entrance that no one is allowed in if they've been exposed to COVID-19 or have had a fever within 48 hours.  There will also be periodic announcements reminding customers to keep 6 ft between groups.  We will not have a "break room" to follow current CDC guidelines.  These practices will allow trade shows to continue and have an immediate financial impact on our vendors, staff, the BJCC and their staff and tax revenue for the city, county and state.  We ask that you confirm to the BJCC that the planned event for May 16-17 can go forward so they can get their staff in place.  They are currently not staffed since most everyone is furloughed.  If you give them notice, they will be able to bring enough staff back so that the show can go on and life can resume.  Thank you for your consideration.

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