Alachua County requests additional authority from governor
May 6, 2020
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Alachua County has sent a letter to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, asking for additional authority to “permit low risk businesses and activities within their communities the ability to resume when determined by the County that sufficient standards are in place to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the employees and the community.”
The letter says that if the governor refuses to give them that authority, they request “that manufacturers, whose products were not deemed essential by the State, would be provided the ability to restart operations immediately.”
Bear Archery has 90 employees who can work in shifts in their 150,000 square foot facility. They have been arguing for weeks that they can operate safely with social distancing.
State Senator Keith Perry, who will write his own letter to support the County’s letter, said that opening up manufacturing–or any industry–that can be done safely needs to be done immediately.