Mask mandate not based on science

The requirement to wear masks at least until the end of 2020, that is part of the latest Public Health Order, has aroused opposition in the county, in particular among the business community that has already been severely battered by the crisis. Many people do not believe masks provide protection and do not like wearing them. The business community is concerned that the order could discourage tourists from visiting the county this summer and damage the fragile recovery that seems to be underway.

Small chance to reduce spread, better than none

There is very little that can be done to prepare you for certain shifts in life. The avalanche of changes that have become reality as a result of the COVID- 19 pandemic will likely sit in the top three on the list of life changes for everyone and anyone reading this, for the rest of their life. Difficult as it may be, this is an opportunity for us to reflect and recognize that this is a moment that we will all share forever. With it, comes a great wave of grief. It is clear as can be that emotions are running high in our valley, the nation and around the world. Our valley is stunned, reeling, and looking for light at the end of the tunnel.