localWOOD RIVER – Frustrated by the disregard for small businesses failing in downstate, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) has partnered with a group of state lawmakers to demand a resolution.

Crowe raised concerns in a letter to Gov. JB Pritzker after numerous complaints from small business owners and workers weren’t deemed essential or allowed to operate in his extended stay-at-home order through the end of May.

“While big-box stores continue to flourish under the state’s social distancing guidelines, our locally-owned businesses haven’t been given the same opportunity,” Crowe said. “With the guidance of the state’s health professionals, it’s time to take a serious look at allowing our small businesses to operate with the same conditions.”

She was joined by other senators in sending the formal letter emphasizing to the governor’s office that local business owners are eager and willing to operate under his original guidelines, such as requiring face coverings and sanitation, keeping patrons six feet apart and only allowing a limited number of guests to shop at a time.

“Our government and business owners alike must start working together to continue responsibly serving the public to prevent further financial strain,” Crowe said.

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