Experts discuss the potential impact of the Delta variant on Alabama’s economic growth
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WBRC) – Alabama’s economy has been on the rise since the COVID vaccine became widely available.
Ty West of the American City Business Journals said the Delta variant didn’t have much of an impact on economic growth at the moment, but if cases continued to rise, he said it could lead to terms of office. vaccine from employers.
“I think the companies are keeping a close eye on what’s going on with the Delta variant,” West said.
West said a recent Birmingham Business Journal survey shows 91% of Birminghamers are ready for in-person and live events and he doesn’t think the Delta variant will change that much.
“No matter what happens with the Delta variant, unless it starts to have a terrible impact on those vaccinated, I think a lot of those people will be comfortable going out and moving around,” West said. .
West said the variation cases were already prompting action from employers.
“We are already seeing more movement towards these vaccine mandates,” he said. “We are already hearing more and more employment lawyers that they see a lot of their clients saying ‘okay, we want to take this step to make the vaccine mandatory’.”
West said if the cases continue to mirror what we’ve seen in 2020, the variant could have impacts on industries as well.
“The events industry is one area that is probably going to be watching this more closely than others, because it’s an industry that is still kind of in the process of getting its legs back,” he said.
He said the variant could have an impact on the travel industry as well, but he believes restaurants will be able to withstand another increase in cases.
“I think restaurants, most of the ones that still exist today, have learned to operate on a sidewalk and delivery model that isn’t as dependent on dinner as it used to be,” West said.
West said many of those employers are considering starting requiring vaccination because of the variant, but he said some couldn’t afford to do so at this time. West said employers fear more employees are leaving and companies are already suffering from the labor shortage.
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