Editor: What is wrong with our Mayor? Most of Arizona is having face masks required but Havasu is not. We have had an upsurge in our virus cases but no word from our Mayor requiring face masks. When you go into the grocery stores very few people are wearing a face mask. With all the visitors we have it seems they should be required. Many of us who live here year round are put in harm’s way. Please required the masks to protect all our citizens.

Joan Garnett

Lake Havasu City

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NitaCat

Masks do nothing. Surgeons wear them to keep spit and saliva from falling onto their patients during surgery. If this so-called virus was that bad, no mask in the world would save you. It's just a tool to see who will follow and to make us even more sick as time goes on.

Objective Dialectic

delusional..

Mr Lemons

Some have accused the mayor repeatedly of not requiring masks because it would somehow affect business at the London Bridge Resort where he works? I'm suspecting that it would not cause a decrease in business. Does anyone have any proof that this is the reason? Or is it a personal liberties issue with him? By the way, I wear a mask when I visit stores.

Objective Dialectic

Mr Lemons, I don't necessarily believe Mayor Sheehy didn't require masks because of his own business. I think Cal is simply following the lead of the Governor and is reluctant to call the shots himself. I also think he knows his populace fairly well, and knows many people here are of the "personal liberty" mentality. I'm not saying I condone Mayor Sheehy's decision to not mandate masks, and in fact, I think he should have done so even if the majority of the populace in LHC disagrees with the decision as it is a matter of public health, but I think as a politician, he is in a hard spot. I am not making excuses for him or his decisions, and again, I believe he should have mandated masks when given the opportunity. I just also see him being a politician in a community like ours- a community so reluctant to allow the government to have much control - as the probable reason as to why he failed to take action.

Mr Lemons

OD - I appreciate the calm and rational response. The governor gave the green light to local authorities to require masks if they wanted so he should go ahead. Even with a mask requirement there would be enforcement issues. If someone walks into WalMart without a mask then what? Call the cops? Have the "greeter" physically stop them? The only way is to convince people to wear the mask because it's in their own self-interest.

I've thought of setting up a table outside a store and giving free masks to those that weren't wearing one. I talked to the manager at Bashas and asked why they didn't require masks. She said she wished they did, but that their corporate office only required masks of customers depending on the community requirements. I asked her about setting up a table outside and she gave me the corporate communications office to get permission. I haven't heard back yet, but I'm afraid that I would have to be a legal non-profit to do that. Seems like something that the local task force would want to do.

Objective Dialectic

I agree with you Mr Lemons. I think if masks were enforced, there would still be some folks who would choose not to comply, and as you said, who would stop them? However, I do think enforcing it would sway most people, even some of those who are reluctant, because I believe most of the folks here in LHC are good, law-abiding citizens that prefer not to make too much of a scene or go against the status quo too much.

I also like your idea about setting up "mask stations" if I may call them that. If our local Covid-19 task force which is run by the Chamber and Vice Mayor David Lane were to get on board with that idea, maybe they could set something like that up! If our government is not going to enforce the use of masks, tables set up to educate folks and hand masks out may be a decent alternative.

Davel2

[thumbup] Mr Lemons I seriously applaud you for that idea, but I think they should make masks an enforceable order. Not to make an excuse for Bashas, but I believe many businesses are trying to avoid getting wrapped up in the political side of this debate and that's a problem that should never have been.

HavasuGuy

Lemons - You hit the main issue in your last paragraph, "depending on the community requirements". Minus a local community requirement for mask use, companies do not want to chance upsetting customers on a subject that has become highly charged like this one.

This issue needs a role model from the top to help convince the public that it is in their own self-interest and the community's best interest to wear masks to help slow down the spread of this virus so we can keep people working and our health care system functional.

Mr Lemons

p.s. I contacted the Covid-19 Task Force about handing out masks and they weren't excited. Too much "red tape" they said.

Instead of complaining about the Mayor, call or email him. Ask your relatives/friends/clubs/groups etc. to do the same:

(928) 453-4152 sheehyc@lhcaz.gov

Snakes6951

Simple, no mask no service. Next!

Davel2

[thumbup][thumbup] Objective Dialectic, I too think that is EXACTLY the reason.

HavasuGuy

Well Joan it goes like this; Our mayor, Covid-Cal is the general manager of the London Bridge Resort and he works for the benefit of the owners of that resort. That's about it, hope I cleared that up for you...

“Your”welcome

Yes ,force masks due to .004% of havasu’s population having the virus! Close restaurant’s and gym’s ,who cares about the staff who needs employment!

Objective Dialectic

Did you ever stop to think that maybe we could avoid closing down business if everyone simply wore a mask and stuck to distancing from each other about 6 ft? Also, maybe our population has not gotten hit too hard here yet, but with all of the visitors we attract, they should be required to wear masks (as should we) so we can limit the spread to our citizens. Without such measures it's only a matter of time before more folks here get sick. Those of us who understand these very basic ideas also understand that this is in the best interest of our businesses as well as we won't have to close everything down if we can keep the spread from happening too quickly.

“Your”welcome

We shouldn’t be closing down businesses again. You’re assuming from my posts that I probably don’t wear a mask . I believe people have a right , I believe in staying in my lane and worrying about me and my loved ones! What someone else is doing shouldn’t matter as long as I am taking all precautions to be safe! The world is going thru another spike with the virus not just the U.S! Clearly just wearing a mask is by no means the solution! I watch more people wearing masks walk the wrong way down isles at stores , pull their masks down rub their noses then move on and touch products they don’t buy! People wearing masks act like it’s keeping them safe it is definitely not when you don’t utilize safer precautions. Such as don’t touch it , and clean it ! Look at it as if it were a condom and replace it once used! I am not a believer in the masks as it shows with the new spike throughout the WORLD! It does not mean that I won’t put my trump 2020 mask on when entering stores! Let people decide for themselves and just protect you and you’re family!

Objective Dialectic

"Your" welcome, I am not saying masks are a cure-all as you are implying. I am saying they slow the spread enough to where if they were better enforced, maybe we wouldn't be seeing such high spikes that lead to us needing to shut down businesses again.

HavasuGuy

Your - If we had taken better controls on reopening we wouldn't be going through another slow down in our economy. I have friends that work in the service industry and this is really hurting them and their families.

The simple act of wearing masks could have helped to slow the spreading of this virus and because of ignorant and selfish people, whining about their "freedom" we are now once again looking at another financial hit to the economy.

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