METRO EAST, Ill. – The Southwestern Illinois Council of Mayors (SWICOM) are urging their residents to practice COVID-19 safety measures.
The letter states in part, “masks can seem like a nuisance, but the need to wear them far outweighs any inconvenience if we are to prevent the spread of the Corona virus. Going without them is not a credible political statement. It disregards the safety of others.”
The letter continually asks for the cooperation of all citizens. “A united effort will ultimately get us through this crisis,” SWICOM said.
SWICOM represents municipalities in Jersey, Madison, Monroe, St. Clair and surrounding counties.
Read the full letter below.
As we enter the holiday season, we naturally look forward to sharing time with family
and friends. But in 2020, our traditions are being challenged like never before. In the face of
real threat to our health and safety, the choices we face are difficult.
Masks can seem like a nuisance, but the need to wear them far outweighs any
inconvenience if we are to prevent the spread of the Corona virus. Going without them is not a credible political statement. It disregards the safety of others.
Respect for the welfare of ourselves and others is a responsibility we must all commit to
if we are to contain the spread of this deadly pandemic.
Each of us is called upon to lead by example, to share responsibility, and to show concern
for the well-being of our fellow humans. Practicing social distancing and exercising other
precautions are the only way to limit the spread of this virus. Our hospitals are already
overwhelmed. Our businesses need to reopen and operate fully in order to support the many
families that rely on them for their livelihood.
A united effort will ultimately get us through this crisis. In order to succeed, we will be
required to continue making sacrifices – after the many sacrifices we have already endured. But we can do it, and hope is on the horizon with promising vaccines.
By working together, we can fight back against this pandemic and win. Towards thatMark Kupsky
goal, we ask our fellow citizens to observe safe practices and to each do their individual parts.
President, Southwestern Illinois Council of Mayors
Mayor, City of Fairview Heights