Signs warning people to maintain social distancing by staying 6 feet apart were posted throughout Highlands today to help minimize the spread of coronavirus.
“We’ve got big signs posted anywhere people might gather in groups,” said Town of Highlands Mayor Pat Taylor. “We need to remind people when they’re out walking to maintain 6 feet apart. This goes for everyone. If we see it, we’re going to say something. We don’t know if you’re with your spouse or not, stay 6-feet apart.”
Taylor added this coincides with federal and state orders and everyone needs to adhere to the social distancing guidelines. As of 2 p.m. today, signs were posted at Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park, and on Main Street at 3rd and 4th Streets.
“We can’t prevaricate, meaning we need to stop dancing around the truth,” said Taylor. “People need to understand this has been going on for two weeks and we are serious about this.”
Police checkpoints are in place confirming each driver has legitimate business to attend to in Town, nonresidents and day-trippers are being rerouted around Highlands. Part-time residents returning to their second home need to quarantine for 14-days as ordered in by a recent Town municipal proclamation.
“People need to realize what the police are doing is for the good of the community,” said Taylor. “I know it may be an inconvenience, but please cooperate and thank them. Some people may not like it, but it’s the best alternative right now for the good of the Town.”
Taylor mentioned the book “The Power of One,” by Bryce Courtenay, the moral being that one person can make a big difference, but in terms of COVID-19, it’s the power of one person ignoring the guidelines with a big negative effect on everyone else.
“If someone thinks they’re just one person and they don’t have to worry about it, it’s a reverse problem because that hurts everyone,” said Taylor. “We all need to cooperate to get through this.”
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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