Convince town council to create and enforce Covid-19 rules

Convince town council to create and enforce Covid-19 rules

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Mark Stewart started this petition to Lake Geneva town council

I am writing to implore you to enact some regulations regarding Coronavirus in the City of Lake Geneva. As you know, cases of Coronavirus are spiking in Walworth County. From March through the end of June, we had under 400 cases. In the one month since then, we have had 241 cases. When the cases should be tailing off, they are accelerating.

This timing coincides with the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s overturning of the “Safer at Home” order. There have been at least 7 local restaurants closed, four of them in Lake Geneva. I know that the employees who were sick in many of those restaurants were not wearing face masks.

Lake Geneva has made national news headlines for being a place where no social distancing rules are followed. This is not the kind of publicity we want. In addition, the people who are flocking here from Illinois and not wearing masks nor practicing social distancing are not the residents of Lake Geneva. For those of us who are residents, they are making it unsafe to go to our own town.

The guidelines from the CDC and most health experts are that masks should be worn inside and people should stay 6 feet apart when possible. These seem to be measures that are relatively easy to put into place, and they should not prevent any of the merchants who rely on tourism from staying afloat. As for restaurants, the tables should be 6’ apart, the bars where people are shoulder-to-shoulder should be closed and the servers should wear masks.

I know that these measures cost money, but closing must cost more. The Walworth County Department of Health has put out guidelines but no rules. Most places have not followed them. Although these businesses realize that their strategy has not worked, they continue not to do anything. I hope that the Lake Geneva Town Council will not make the same mistake. I look forward to your enacting intelligent rules to make our town safe.

Thank you.

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