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Alabama, Texas governors heed President Trump’s call, announce plans to open states for business

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President Donald Trump released new guidelines geared to getting the country open and back to work on Thursday.

The three-phase plan, approved by top medical advisors – Drs. Deborah Birx, Anthony Fauci, and Robert Redfield – gives governors guidance to make hands-on decisions for their state. “We are not opening all at once, but one careful step at a time,” said the president. “Some states will be able to open up sooner than others,” he added.

Governors Kay Ivey of Alabama and Greg Abbott of Texas wasted no time heeding the call to action by the president. On Friday, both governors disclosed plans to get their states up and running to full capacity.

Alabama released its plan called ‘Reopen Alabama Responsibly‘ which recommends the opening of retail stores and restaurants, child care services and close contact services, such as nail salons and barber shops, under strict guidelines. Alabama has been under a stay at home order since April 3. “Consistent with what we’ve been saying all along, the president made it clear that the return to ‘normal’ won’t be a quick or simple process. We will need to see declining cases – and stronger testing – over at least 14 days – to make certain we don’t see a return in the spike up of the infection,” Ivey stated.

Alabamians welcomed the governor’s initiatives in droves, relieved there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel. The Alabama task force also recommended opening the state’s beaches for recreational use on May 1.

Governor Greg Abbott introduced the Strike Force to Open Texas on Friday, stating their goal is to get Texas open safely during the pandemic.  He issued executive orders to allow select activities and services to reopen using a “retail to go” model. Retail businesses will be allowed to offer curbside pickup or delivery starting April 24. State parks will open Monday and visitors must maintain social distancing and wear face masks. The governor also loosened restrictions on elective surgeries while closing schools for the remainder of the academic year. “Step by step, we will open Texas,” Abbott said.

While Texas and Alabama remain the beacons of hope as they recognize the country needs to get back to normal as quickly as possible, other states are not faring as well. Thousands of protestors turned out in Lansing, Michigan to show their displeasure with democrat governor Gretchen Whitmer’s authoritarian stance wherein she enacted additional stay at home rules which prohibited residents to travel to their Michigan vacation homes. Using a one-size-fits-all approach, she closed store areas selling goods like carpets, flooring, furniture, gardening supplies, and paint. Her actions shed light on the abuse of constitutional rights.

Residents of Minnesota and Virginia also pushed back against their Democrat governors amid their stay at home restrictions. During the White House briefing Friday, the president made note that the Virginia governor, Ralph Northam, had recently instituted gun control legislation in lieu of second amendment rights.

While the country addresses the challenges of a pandemic and attempts to restore itself to the economic boom prevalent prior to the spread of COVID-19, Democrats (statewide and federally) continue to use the pandemic to promote pet projects and hold Americans hostage by refusing to pass critical funding to programs such as the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

The Republican governors of Alabama and Texas endorse the hope of their residents, as well as the president and his task force, that the country will quickly return to normal. They have grabbed the ball and are rolling with it. They are the first two states to recognize how critical it is to open up the economy in the safest manner possible. The governors of Virginia, Michigan and Minnesota may want to watch and learn by example.

Julie Armstrong

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