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Katie Britt renews opposition to COVID-19 lockdowns, touts support of small business

Katie Britt, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, renewed her opposition to lockdowns for Alabama.

Late last year, Britt led a “Keep Alabama Open” campaign on behalf of the state’s businesses when it appeared the federal government would mandate a national lockdown.

Her statement on Monday came on the heels of Gov. Kay Ivey’s rejection of recent lockdown calls. Ivey took to social media to say, “Alabama is OPEN for business…We are moving forward.”

Britt outlined that she thought mandates of any kind would be harmful to the state.

“I’m 100% against a new lockdown of any form or fashion,” she said. “Vaccines are readily available to all Americans, and I encourage my fellow Alabamians to get vaccinated. Just as the case has been throughout the pandemic – but especially now – personal responsibility is the solution, not governmental mandates. We need to use freedom to combat COVID-19, not combat freedom because of COVID-19. I am confident that the state of Alabama will not shut back down or bring back a mask mandate. Our great state is open for business, and I’ll fight to not only keep it that way but also to grow jobs and opportunity for all hardworking Alabamians, no matter their zip code.”

Small business advocates took part in Britt’s anti-lockdown campaign last fall, and Britt sought to highlight the impact of small business on the state’s economy.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our state and the lifeblood of our local communities,” said Britt. “The SBA classifies 99.4% of Alabama businesses as small businesses. Growing up as the daughter of two small business owners from the Wiregrass, I know firsthand that the actions at all levels of government impact the bottom-line for job creators, entrepreneurs, and innovators across our great state. As Alabama’s next U.S. Senator, I will fight tirelessly to slash red tape and rollback burdensome regulations, allowing small businesses and hardworking Alabama families to thrive in safe, strong communities.”

Tim Howe is an owner of Yellowhammer Multimedia

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