Trussville mayor rallying small business owners to send respectful message to Gov. Ivey

Rally to return to work in Trussville

TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (WBRC) - Trussville mayor Buddy Choat wants people to support small business owners who are not allowed to reopen under Alabama’s safer-at-home order.

A meeting held Monday at Trussville City Hall included restaurants, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, fitness centers and other similar businesses.

The meeting was called “will be a plea to Gov. Ivey and State Health Department officials to grant these businesses the right to open as other businesses have been allowed to do.”

About 50 people attended the meeting.

One salon owner says being forced to close for weeks now has hurt her business. Jennifer Hood said, “We’ve got to open our doors. We’ve been seven weeks without any money coming in. A lot of the stylists have no unemployment, still waiting on stimulus checks.”

Some of the businesses have had to make tough decisions to survive even with limited work. Sam Stewart said, “I’ve had to lay off about 30% of my staff. It’s been tough. Making that phone call is the toughest part of my job.”

Mayor Buddy Choat said, “I’m not a doctor. I’m not in the health profession but I do know what’s important and that’s you and your jobs and the people who work for you and what it provides.”

Governor Ivey’s modified Safer At Home Order lasts until May 15th.

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