Letter from the Mayor
As I write this letter today, 8-14-2020, COVID-19 cases in our community and the surrounding areas are increasing alarmingly. This deeply concerns me. Such concern has caused me to consider a mandate for all citizens to wear face masks while indoors in all public places.
Minden is classified as a Class 2 Community under Nebraska State Statutes. Relax, under these statutes, the mayor of such a community does not have the authority to mandate such an order. However, the community Board-of-Health of a second-class city does.
To safely exist in a society, laws are created to safeguard all of its citizens. If I were able to mandate such a ruling, I assure you, I would do so, but not to infringe upon your civil liberties or as a political ploy. My motivation for taking such action would be only for the safety and health of all our citizens. I feel such a mandate parallels closely how the city council creates a new ordinance. Before any new ordinance becomes law and is ratified, members of the council must carefully research the merits and potential faults that such an ordinance might create. Furthermore, before any new ordinance is created, it must be determined how it would be effectively enforced.
Today I am left with this option. We are all in this pandemic together. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep this dreaded disease at bay. I appeal to your unselfishness and consideration for others. After all, our school has required all teachers and students to wear masks and practice safe distancing. Let’s voluntarily do the same.
Research has shown that proper social distancing and the use of approved face masks significantly help to curb the spread of this disease. Particularly, when indoors in public places, I urge everyone to wear a face mask and make it your priority to maintain safe distancing. Furthermore, if you are unable to safely distance when outdoors, please wear a mask.
I am convinced that the recent increase of COVID-19 cases in our area has been greatly influenced by many people not heeding this sound medical advice. Sadly, should this pattern of behavior continue, I am quite certain we will soon see an increase in hospitalizations and who knows the grave outcomes from there. Do we want the Board-of-Health to get involved? Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.
Mayor of Minden