Sally Boccella’s Letter to the Editor: Greeley Tribune

In these unprecedented times, communities are struggling to find answers and consistency during this pandemic with regard to balancing public health and safety with the pressures on our economy, particularly in supporting local business. Our Weld County Commissioners are showing us that they care more about politics than they do about sustaining businesses and residents in our community.

I have spoken to dozens of people in the business community about their frustration with our County Commissioners. For the safety of their customers and employees they want to do the right thing by requiring masks. They know that the only way for us to remain open, and for schools to safely open, is to stop the spread with masks and social distancing.
They fear that if they are retaliated against, or if a customer refuses to comply with the mask mandate, that the Sheriff’s department will not be there to support their efforts.

I also hear from residents in Weld County who feel they are forced to leave their community to frequent businesses elsewhere that are supported. Our most vulnerable populations should not feel unsafe when leaving their homes for essential items, and no one should have to gamble on which businesses will be taking the necessary precautions to protect public health.

Join me in calling upon the Weld County Commissioners for consistency and clarification. Ask our County Commissioners to stop making public health political, and instead offer the necessary, meaningful support Weld communities are counting on them for.

Sally Boccella
Colorado Senate District 23 Candidate
Weld County Resident

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