Gov. Stitt discusses COVID-19 relief program impact on Ada businesses

Published: Jul. 31, 2020 at 6:34 PM CDT
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ADA, Okla. (KXII) - Fresh off quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt visited Ada Friday morning to check out a few success stories from the state’s new Business Relief Program.

Bill Bolin, who owns Powerlift foundation repair in Ada, says the money he got from the program enabled him to keep his employees on a full salary.

“That’s been one of my main concerns, just keeping all our employees in place. You’ve had people with you for 20, 25 years and you don’t wanna lay them off,” Bolin said.

Stitt designated $50 million in federal CARES Act funds for the program to keep small Oklahoma businesses afloat during the pandemic.

“I talked to all of my state agencies and I told them if it’s COVID related, if it helps small businesses, If it helps children, I wanna get it back to the community as soon as possible,” Stitt said.

Fenton Ford of Ada owner Cindy Carr says the money helped her pay rent for her dealership.

“The 25 thousand dollars went straight to expenses so you can’t even say how great that was,” Carr said.

Bolin says the money from the business relief program will help him in the event of a second wave of COVID-19.

He says he feels better prepared to handle one.

“We are going to be as cautious as possible regarding the wave of COVID, We’ve been more educated about how to prevent the best anybody can,” Bolin said.

Despite Ada being under a citywide mask mandate until Aug. 3, no one at the meeting Friday wore a face covering.

Stitt says he still will not be wearing a mask because “I’ve already had COVID”

Stitt says he does encourage Oklahoma residents to wear a mask when they can, but he won’t be enforcing it.

“I’m not gonna mandate a farmer in his field to wear a mask across the state of Oklahoma,” Stitt said.

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