The founder of Jim’s Mowing writes a scathing open letter to Gladys Berejiklian urging her to lift the lockdown rule that forces traditions to put their tools out of service for two weeks
- Jim Penman, founder of Jim’s Mowing, wrote loathing lockdown restrictions
- Wrote a letter to the Prime Minister urging her to reconsider stopping constriction
- State how sole proprietorships pose a lower risk of contagion than the general public
Jim’s Mowing founder Jim Penman has written a scathing letter to the Prime Minister of NSW urging her to continue operating sole proprietorships during Sydney’s lockdown.
The blistering open letter was released Wednesday, moments after state officials disclosed information about the further 110 locally acquired Covid-19 cases in NSW.
Penman urged Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian to review restrictions that only prohibit gardening and maintenance workers from going to work.
Jim Penman, founder of Jim’s Mowing (pictured) has written a blistering open letter to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian about her decision to shut down trade and construction during Sydney’s lockdown
It comes after she put restrictions in place on Saturday and halted construction for a proposed two weeks following a spike in community affairs.
The letter stated that Jim’s employees pose less of an infection risk to the public than people who exercise, hit the bottle store, or buy gasoline.
“I challenge you to present one case where a single operator has contracted an infection while gardening, washing a car, tending a dog or building a fence,” Penman wrote.
“I’m so disappointed with your latest restrictions.”
He wrote that closing the trade could have an adverse effect on the health and well-being of his employees, as well as put them in financial difficulties.
Jim’s Mowing and related franchises were first ordered last year during the Victorian lockdown, with recent restrictions in Sydney preventing NSW employees from working
“I personally know two men who lost their marriage and home to the Victorian lockdown last year, and two others who had attempted suicide within their families,” he said.
Jim’s Mowing employees and related franchises first got tools ordered during the Victorian lockdown last year.
Penman also wrote a letter to Victorian state officials, questioning their decision to stop contractors from working during the lockdown.
In the same tone as Wednesday’s letter, he reprimanded Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews in May 2021.
“You are no longer worthy to be prime minister of this state. You continue to blame others for your own stupidity and negligence. You must resign,” he wrote.
Despite the growing number of cases in Victoria, craftsmen and contractors are able to work, with their lockdown being extended until at least midnight Tuesday, July 27.
In Wednesday’s letter, he praised Daniel Andrews’ approach to the current lockdown, saying he “fully supports him” and hopes Gladys Berejiklian follows similar restrictions.
“To date you have led an effective and competent government and have won the admiration of many, in your state and elsewhere. I beg you not to disappoint the people of NSW.’ he wrote to the NSW Premier.
Jim Penman has written multiple letters to state officials (pictured) regarding their decisions to shut down contractors and sole traders during state lockdowns