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Courageous, Painful Step to Protect Us: Rep. Doggett Statement on Austin COVID-19 Preventative Measures

March 17, 2020

***Press Release***

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 17, 2020

Contact: Kate Stotesbery

202-225-4865

 

Courageous, Painful Step to Protect Us: Rep. Doggett Statement on Austin COVID-19 Preventative Measures

Washington, D.C. – Today, as Austin Mayor Steve Adler announced the closing of Austin bars, restaurants, and limiting gatherings to 10 people as protective measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), released the following statement:

“Like the courageous decision to shutter SXSW, Mayor Adler is taking the necessary step to limit suffering and deaths. Communities across Texas, especially in our neighboring counties, should do the same. With little national leadership, local governments must act. The pain for small businesses and their employees will be great; the inconvenience to the rest of us is not inconsiderable. These drastic steps are necessary because of multiple Trump Administration failures to heed warnings and prepare. Contrary to the oft-repeated Trump lie that anyone can be tested, America still lacks sufficient testing capability to determine COVID-19’s spread. Additional limitations will likely be required. Today’s action represents the least worst alternative—to hunker down, maintain social distancing, care for one another, and work to make it through the storm. Together, we can do this.”

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