As I watched Danny Garrett and Will Ainsworth’s press conference on opening Alabama in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, I became more and more amazed. It seems to boil down to two things – the COVID numbers are down, let’s jump back into living; and business owners are among those suffering most.

Every health expert I have read or watched cautions against opening too much, too soon. Every single one.

I am most concerned that Reopen Alabama is brought to you by the Small Business Emergency Taskforce.

Their interest is pretty obvious: small businesses. I am in no way intimating that the sponsors of this plan are unconcerned with the health of Alabama’s citizens, but, I am saying that I think that it is a secondary concern to everyone involved in the creation of the report.

The fact that no one representing the medical community is on the taskforce is a glaring omission, in my opinion.

This is the bottom line: So long as human interaction remains dangerous, business cannot responsibly return to normal.

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