Board of Health Members,
I’m writing to you to strongly express my opposition to any more mandates in this city. I’m aware that you are continuing to debate whether to re-institute a mask mandate in Gloucester. There are several reasons to which I object to this:
1. When we had no vaccines or treatments for Covid, it was understandable why communities were asking people to protect the spread by wearing a mask. That is no longer the case. Over 80% of our community is vaccinated(which was pushed hard by each of you as the “solution” to the spread). Do the vaccinations no longer matter? Have you decided that they aren’t the solution anymore? Voting to reinstate a mask mandate essentially nullifies all of the “medical” and “scientific” narrative that the vaccines were the correct course to stop the spread.
2. Wearing a mask is unhealthy, particularly for children. Children are sitting in dirty cloth masks for hours a day, breathing in their own carbon dioxide. They are asked to exercise and play sports in masks, preventing them from freely breathing while exerting themselves. They are having their natural immune systems suppressed by not breathing fresh air and building antibodies to natural elements in the air. Enough is enough. We need to spend more time focusing on childrens’ health at this point. Any further mandates take us in the wrong direction away from what should be a shared goal.
3. Businesses should not be forced to police their customers. No business struggling to make ends meet wants to police their customers over their personal health care choices. Currently, anyone who wants a vaccination can have one. If that person chooses to wear a mask, that is acceptable too. However, instituting an unnecessary mask mandate only invites frustrated customers and frustrated business owners. Those small businesses in our community have suffered enough without having to be the community’s personal health police.
Last, I respectfully submit to you that the decision you make impacts thousands of Gloucester residents. Some of you have expressed personal fears in the conversations during your meetings. I’m sorry that you are personally fearful,, and I invite you to continue to take steps to protect yourself. If that means you choose to get boosted, wear a mask, or stay home, that is YOUR choice.
However, your personal fears should not dictate the behavior, actions, and choices of the rest of this community.
If you feel the need, you can issue a city wide mask ADVISORY and let people choose for themselves what is best.