From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — Alabama Governor Kay Ivey took to Twitter on Wednesday, vowing not to shut down businesses as COVID-19 cases increase.
“You’re welcome, (Business Council of Alabama),” wrote Ivey in response to a post from the campaign. “I will not shut down businesses; the business community certainly has my support. As I’ve said many times, you cannot have a life without a livelihood. #KeepAlabamaOpen #TogetherAL #alpolitics.”
The Business Council of Alabama recently launched a campaign to “Keep Alabama Open,” which comes as talk of a nationwide shutdown continues. The council has provided a petition that individuals and businesses can sign, supporting an effort to keep Alabama open amid the pandemic.
That petition can be seen here: keepalabamaopen.com.
According to reports, Alabama is closing in on 224,000 coronavirus cases and more than 1,200 hospitalizations. With holiday season approaching, health officials fear those numbers could climb.