Town of Many moves toward reopening; will not enforce COVID-19 restrictions

On May 12, the town of Many released a letter stating that it is looking past the current COVID-19 pandemic and wants to reopen in the coming weeks and months.

“The city’s proclamation dealing with COVID-19 will expire on May 15,” a letter penned by Mayor Ken Freeman states.  “I have no plans to issue additional restrictions dealing with COVID-19 in the city of Many.  Based on the governor’s press conference, he is moving to Phase 1 for reopening state economic activities.”

He continues that over the last three months of federal, local, and state proclamations that the people understand the risks and dangers of the coronavirus.  He states that we also understand what measures must be taken to protect yourself, your family, and the community from this risk and danger.

The mayor also states that for the last three months Governor John Bel Edwards has not enforced his proclamation and relied on local governments and citizens to voluntarily adhere to the proclamation.  Freeman is clear that after Friday, May 15 he is not going to actively enforce the governor’s proclamation and will rely on citizens to take measures for protection.

“If you feel you need to shelter at home, that is your choice,” the letter reads.  “Please continue to do so.  However, for those who choose to resume life as normal, I strongly advise you to wear masks and practice social distancing and regularly wash your hands.”

In closing he addresses local merchants opening establishments, he strongly encourages them to have their employees who have direct contact with customers to wear a mask at all times, sanitize counters in between each customer, sanitize shopping buggies after each use, maintain the screen between clerks and customers, and practice social distancing.

On the same day the letter was issued, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, warned senators that states and cities face serious consequences if they open up too quickly, and urged them not to reopen until they know they have the capabilities to handle an inevitable uptick in cases once people are moving about again.

“My concern is that if some areas—cities, states or what have you—jump over those various checkpoints and prematurely open up, without having the capability of being able to respond effectively and efficiently, my concern is we will start to see little spikes that might turn into outbreaks,” the leader of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said in testimony before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee.

He continued, “There is a real risk that you will trigger an outbreak that you may not be able to control, which in fact, paradoxically, will set you back, not only leading to some suffering and death that could be avoided but could even set you back on the road to try and get economic recovery.”

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