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Masks needed at City Hall
On Tuesday evening, Aug. 24, I attended a meeting at the Fairfield City Hall, for about five minutes. The room was packed like sardines, maybe 70-80 people in attendance. I was there long enough to hear the speaker say that it was important to the city to hear input from all the people. I looked around to see that I was the only one in attendance wearing a mask.
Valuing our health, my husband and I left.
Whose decision was it to not require masks in City Hall? Mayor Boyer’s? The City Council?
Does whoever made this decision realize that they are excluding people from city meetings who don’t want to expose themselves to super spreader events? (Would these same city leaders have made a decision to not install wheelchair ramps, excluding the disabled? Would they allow smoking, exposing others to secondhand smoke?)
The recommendation of the updated CDC guidance is “for everyone in areas of substantial or high transmission to wear a mask in public indoor places, even if they are fully vaccinated.”
Jefferson County lies in an area of high transmission.
Some of those in attendance may not have been vaccinated, which would put them at much greater risk of serious illness or death from the Delta variant. Anyone can be a carrier, but wearing a mask protects others from the mask wearer.
Can’t we just follow the science, or must one of the issues of our next local election be whether or not the candidate supports mask wearing?
How many of those in attendance, a week and a half later, will be coming down with COVID?
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