County law making wearing of masks Mandatory in public

County law making wearing of masks Mandatory in public

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Kathy Smart
Kathy Smart signed this petition

I would like to see a mandatory temporary law to wear masks in public in all of Manatee County. It has been proven that wearing masks does prevent the rapid spread of the Covid 19 virus.

This has been proven by top scientists all over the world. This is not something that is going to go away on it's own. We are in the middle of a deadly pandemic, not a political issue. Though top Doctors and scientists tell us to wear masks, not only to protect ourselves, to protect every person we come in contact with, still, the majority of those people we see in Manatee County are not following this advice. We can not sit by any longer watching our health being used as a political chip. It is time to take any and all actions we can to keep ourselves and loved ones safe and let the politicians play their own game. 

The elderly and those with any health issues are being kept prisoners in their own homes, or take the chance and go out into the unprotected public. Small children are showing no signs of illness only to die of heart attacks and strokes that are caused by the Corona Virus we are all facing. 

Since the "opening up" of our state, cases of the virus are rising at an unprecedented speed. Many visitors coming to our beautiful beaches see that most businesses and all beaches have opened and feel that we in Manatee County are  not at risk. Now, with the closing of many businesses and beaches just north of us, many vacationers have made Manatee County their destination. 

I, personally, have nothing but my health and the health of others to gain. I own and operate a small breakfast and lunch restaurant on Anna Maria Island, I have everything to lose. There are many things in life more important than money, our very lives is certainly one of them.

Please, help us save our resident's and visitor's lives and health!