It’s one thing to enforce a lockdown for a geographic region – although I strongly disagree with it, I can see the rationale behind it. Enforcing a national lockdown, however, is absolutely unacceptable and should not even be considered for a host of reasons, yet this is being discussed in Washington D.C. (Feuer, 2020). Whether or not this idea is implemented remains to be seen, but I find it very worrisome that anyone at such a high level could logically conclude that such a lockdown is a good idea for small businesses.
When an issue impacts small businesses, we will always be there to advocate for those small businesses – they have always been there for us when we needed them, and now it is our turn to be there for them when they need us. Obviously, a policy that would impact small businesses significantly would be the aforementioned lockdown. The idea that a national lockdown would even be considered at this point in time is absolutely appalling – small businesses have dealt with these lockdowns and restrictions for almost eight months and it is simply not sustainable. When these businesses are negatively impacted, the entire economy is negatively impacted; the American economy is still heavily based in small business and if small businesses suffer, the entire economy will follow the same downward path.
When COVID-19 first hit the United States, it was 15 days to flatten the curve; we were all ready to sacrifice voluntarily to fight this crazy virus. Then it extended beyond 15 days, yet small business owners still contributed and did their part. We went beyond 30 days, dealt with additional regulations and curfews, and here we are approximately eight months later, and the idea of a national lockdown is actually being considered. Enough is enough – we cannot continue to starve and suppress and shutdown small businesses. Small business owners have been through an extremely challenging year and forcing a national lockdown is a grave mistake; forcing a national lockdown is absolutely wrong. Such a shutdown is bad for small businesses, it’s bad for the economy, and it’s bad for the American people.
John M. Beaman
President of The McGraw Council Membership, Inc.
Feuer, W. (2020). Biden Covid advisor says U.S. lockdown of 4 to 6 weeks could control pandemic and revive economy. CNBC. Cnbc.com Retrieved from https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/11/biden-covid-advisor-says-us-lockdown-of-4-to-6-weeks-could-control-pandemic-and-revive-economy.html