LOUISIANA GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS EXTENDS PHASE 2 UNTIL AUGUST 28TH
Our first responders and health care workers are our heroes - pre-COVID, during COVID, and after COVID; always. There will never be enough appreciation to show how much they mean to us. From us at Bayou Report, thank you, thank you, thank you for your sacrifice and commitment to caring for every person in our community.
When it comes to the terms non-essential businesses and workers, such aspects do not exist. Unfortunately, we have been trained to utilize terminology that does not accurately reflect the private sector and their contributions. It would be acceptable, although debatable, if businesses were placed in Tiers by priority (Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3). But to state that a business who contributes to our community, our economy, and our country is non-essential is an insult to every hard-working business owner and entrepreneur.
Small businesses are the catalyst to our economic success in our communities. Restaurants, Beauty Salons, Bars, Barbers, and many others have largely assisted in stimulating our communities from day one. There are some that have this situation backwards by having the notion of relying on the government to foster us into a return to some form of normalcy. To truly make a comeback, though, it will need to be a team effort on all fronts; but let's be clear: the private sector, the mom and pop stores, the service industry community, and small businesses in general must be put first for there will be no economic growth or success without the financial power of our business community.
So, to those that argue that there is no need for bars because you can party at home; for those that argue that people can survive without barbers and hair salons; for those that argue that there is no need for restaurants and to cook at home; it is your lack of compassion and knowledge of economics that attributes to the incomprehension of the contributions and roles each business plays. No job is more important than another. For one should NEVER look down on a person because of their occupation. Treat that cashier, bartender, waiter/server, janitor the same as that Lawyer, Doctor, Judge.
To all who wake up each day and put in hours to make a living, no matter what your occupation, thank you for all that you do.
To overcome any crisis, we must all be in it together.
John R Kerry