CEO and Co-Founder of Atlanta’s thriving private membership club, Ryan Wilson of The Gathering Spot, made a public PSA that their renown club will keep it’s doors closed, amid Governor Brian Kemp’s removal of the shelter-in-place. Like many others, Ryan has expressed his great concern with the premature opening of the state, highlighting that regardless of what Kemp states, he will not put his staff or members in harms way, while Georgia still is working to flatten the Covid-19 curve. Enjoy this video stream below after the jump and please share this with friends.
Ryan Wilson states, “This is a complete failure of leadership. I don’t understand the decision. We’re not opening despite the order. We could technically open on April 27, but we’re not going to because it’s not safe to do so. The worst thing that could happen is we open our space up and someone gets sick or dies as a result of coming into contact with someone here. We just simply are not at the point where the data suggests that it’s a responsible move to make.”
He continues, “The disproportionate impact that this is going to have on black folks makes this decision all the more troubling, particularly on businesses like mine. I can’t ask my team to come here — and definitely can’t ask the members to come here — knowing that there’s a disproportionate impact happening on the primary community that we serve. I think it’s wrong and hopefully, the business community loudly criticizes this decision.”
Ryan Wilson is calling for all other local businesses to join him, by remaining closed, as well as urging citizens to stay at home. He is also asking patrons to continue to support their small local businesses the best way they can throughout this troubling time. In the past 4-weeks of Georgia’s closure, The Gathering Spot has donated over $16,000 in grants for small local businesses. They will continue to raise funding with their “We All We Got” fund, to continue to provide resources to local businesses in need.
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