Letter To County Executive Pittman From PBA President Brian Conrad
Dear Executive Pittman
On behalf of the over 200 members and businesses of the Pasadena Business Association, I am writing to formally express our displeasure and concern with your recent decision to not follow the Governor’s phase one role out.
Anne Arundel County is one of the least hit and lowest affected counties in our state. We are not one of the more densely populated places such as Baltimore County or Baltimore City, and we do not have the illnesses or cases of the virus that our neighbor Prince George’s County is experiencing. Additionally, our county is home to the state capital and we should be leading by example out of this restrictive environment, not further hindering and slowing its recovery.There is no reason Anne Arundel County cannot follow state guidelines. If we can safely enter stores such as Home Depot, Lowes and Walmart,
we can certainly do the same, and in many cases much more safely, in smaller locations which have been more hardly hit by these overreaching restrictions.
Many businesses have spent time and money complying with the Governor’s outlined recommendations which he delivered on Wednesday (5/13/2020), only for you to turn around and cancel those plans with your restrictions 24 hours later (5/14/2020). Our small businesses and their families are being devastated every day they are not allowed to open.
When you spoke to our membership at our town hall meeting just before your election, you portrayed yourself as an advocate for small business. It is time for you to live up to that portrayal and support small business and their families.
The members and businesses of the Pasadena Business Association respectfully disagree with your measures and strongly urge you to adjust your guidelines to follow those of our governor.
Brian M. Conrad, President, Pasadena Business Association