Open Letter in support of California's public health mandate from Nevada County residents

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June 29, 2020

You pull up to a 4 way stop in Nevada County, and no one moves because we all wave to each other to go first? Sound familiar? If so, then you have experienced the Nevada County way. We are the community that takes care of each other. Today, we need that community spirit more than ever.

Remember when we sheltered at home and everything was shut down? It was hard but we did it and Nevada County held at 41 cases for a month. Then, to prevent businesses from failing, and because our mental health from living in isolation was threatened, we started to re-open. 

Today we are at 108 confirmed cases of COVID 19 and rising. We have people across the spectrum refusing to do what seems to be a much easier sacrifice than isolation; wearing a mask in public.  Our businesses, elected officials and public health officers are facing threats. These are our community members doing their best to keep us safe. Our public health officials are educated in science and medicine. They are not politicians, they are public servants dedicated to public safety. More than ever our lives depend on being able to trust guidance from public health leaders and departments. When we silence or threaten those charged with safeguarding the public’s health, we undermine our ability to stay as healthy as possible.

Who are we impacting by not following the guidelines? Maybe it’s your 16 year old neighbor at their first grocery store job, being harassed while asking a customer to wear a mask. Maybe it’s your aunt or nephew who has an auto-immune disease and is high risk. Maybe it's law enforcement, called over a mask dispute, instead of managing a far greater emergency like an accident or fire. Where will we be if we don’t follow the guidelines, and cases continue to rise? Likely headed into another shutdown which would devastate our local economy even more. 

At this moment in history, we will be remembered for our sacrifice and our ability to adapt while facing increasing financial instability, mental health challenges, and public health crises.  We must ensure Nevada County remains strong. We must wear masks, practice social distancing, and wash our hands regularly. This is for the benefit of us all.

If you agree wearing a face covering in public and continuing social distancing is better than isolation and shutdown, please let your voice be heard. Attend virtual public meetings, write or speak to your supervisor or local elected, and share your support for enforcement of the mandate. Write a letter to the editor. Write or call your favorite stores and commend them or insist they enforce mask wearing. Share this letter with your networks. Do your part to keep Nevada County safe and resilient. 

Please join us, the undersigned businesses and community members, in taking a stand to protect our public health officials, our front line essential workers, our neighbors and yourself by following the state mandate to wear a mask when in public. Together we will rebuild Nevada County. #wearamask #NevadaCountyStrong



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