EDITOR’S NOTE: The following letter was written by Sen. Jim Burgin to Gov. Roy Cooper.
The COVID-19 pandemic has not been easy on anyone. A lot of people have had to make tough decisions, and I appreciate your leadership in guiding us through the pandemic. However, I write to you today to ask to consider ending the extended lockdowns and to lift the executive orders that are damaging our small businesses.
Your office has prioritized North Carolinians who are most at-risk to be the first to receive the vaccines. That prioritization will save lives. By the end of the month we should have approximately 2.4 million people vaccinated and another approximately 2 million people who have already been infected. This means that almost half of our population could be considered safe. The numbers are going down each day and we can finally see spring and better days ahead.
I think about the time when I taught my children how to ride a bike without training wheels. You do not just take one wheel off. You take both off, make sure they have all their safety equipment, stay close and watch. We have been living in this pandemic for nearly a year now. The citizens of North Carolina know the precautions they need to take to go back to their daily lives. It’s time to remove our state’s metaphorical training wheels. We can do this by promoting personal responsibly and awareness but still encouraging the three W’s: Wear, Wait, Wash.
As a small business owner, I know the hard work that has gone into making workplaces safe for employees and guests. One of the best ways to help our state recover is to let our citizens live their lives and return to work, to school, the market, or to their favorite restaurant.
Please consider this request. We have prepared for months, now let us put our preparations to good use and move forward.
Sen. Jim Burgin is from Harnett County and represents District 12.