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April 30, 2020
Dear Governor Abbott:
In Parker County, small businesses are vital to the local population and economy. The effects of COVID-19 have been devastating to our small businesses.
Since the start of the outbreak, businesses and citizens have been asked to do their part to help slow the spread of this virus. As all Texans, Parker County did their part. Schools closed, businesses stopped operating and people stayed home. This has come at a great cost to our local economy with over 4,000 jobs lost in Parker County. With the issuance of Executive Order No. GA -18, we are encouraged that some businesses are allowed to open in a phased in approach. We thank you, Governor Abbott, and your staff for having the confidence in your locally elected officials to work with these businesses to reopen.
The order was able to provide a sense of relief to the small business community. Small businesses now feel they are in control of their own destiny and it has created an excitement amongst them. Parker County only has 11 active cases in a population of approximately 142,000 residents. This represents approximately 0.007% of the population affected by the virus. Because of this, we feel there is more opportunity to open businesses back up. We encourage you to consider opening up all aspects of the economy. Small businesses like hair salons and gyms are eager to do their part as Texans to help restore the local and state economy.
Since the start of COVID-19, we’ve seen large essential businesses be able to operate in a safe manner and not contribute to the spread of the virus. We are confident all businesses, big or small, can operate in a safe responsible manner and not contribute to the spread of the virus.
We feel fighting the virus and creating a thriving economy are not mutually exclusive. As Texans, we take great pride in being leaders of this great nation, let us take great pride in showing the nation that we can operate all aspects of our economy in a safe manner.
Signed on April 30, 2020 by County Judge Pat Deen and County Commissioners.
To view original letter, visit: https://www.parkercountytx.com/DocumentCenter/View/6497/Letter-to-Governor-Abbott