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Letter: Come on, people: Follow public health guidelines

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No more Ms. Nice Guy! Gov. Lujan Grisham has been requesting that New Mexicans help each other stay healthy. She asked us all to stay home except for necessary trips. She asked us to wear masks in public, to wash our hands often and to stay physically distanced from each other. Most of New Mexico did that long enough to flatten the graph of cases and deaths.

OK, not Chaves County, but much of the rest of the state behaved responsibly, and we were able to start reopening businesses and resume parts of our normal lives.

With reopening, New Mexicans stopped following public health guidelines and went back to what their lives were like before COVID-19. It takes about two weeks to see the results in a change in public behaviors and we are now seeing increases in confirmed cases. In just under two weeks we will see increased hospitalizations, and about two weeks after that we will see a rising death toll. All because we can’t do those simple things that protect us all.

Business reopening is now in jeopardy, just as we see in Texas and Arizona. To get things back on track the governor is no longer requesting compliance. She will enforce public health mandates. There will be citations and fines.

Beyond avoiding a fine, why would you personally stay home, wash your hands, wear a mask in public and stay six feet away from others? Do you like having businesses open? Do you want schools to open in August? Do you want your grandfather to go on living? Following public health guidelines will help all that happen.

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Business owners and managers, you need to require customers to follow the rules. It’s in your best interest to keep your customers healthy enough to spend their money with you. You should make your employees wear masks — properly, please — and clean their hands so they stay healthy enough to come to work. If our case numbers keep rising, you will be forced to close again.

Come on, people. It’s not hard. Tedious, uncomfortable and inconvenient, but not hard. Stay home as much as you can. Cover your mouth and nose in public. Wash your hands while singing Happy Birthday. Stay six feet away from other people. You look out for me and I look out for you. It worked before and will again.

Flo Wells

Roswell