County forms ‘Reopen Orleans Advisory Committee’
‘We recognize that during the weeks and months to come that there will be questions and confusion as to what activity is permissible and how to proceed in a safe manner that respects others in the community and complies with the various levels of government.’
Press Release, Orleans County Legislature and Countywide Law Enforcement
To the Citizens of Orleans County:
As all of us enter the first re-opening phase of this pandemic we in county government want to assure the community that it is our goal to do all that we can to assist each of you in your personal and work-related lives.
It is imperative that our efforts be implemented in a manner that is safe to you, your family and the rest of the community while still promoting your quality of life and independence. Even though the State still has imposed mandatory staff and operation restrictions on county government, we recognize the need to be responsive to our residents.
To that end, each of us in local government are striving to do our part in providing you with the services, assistance and advice in order to address your many concerns.
While the re-opening is guided primarily by Executive Orders from the Governor and policies instituted at the state level, as the various phases of the re-opening proceed we are certain there will be many questions and challenges.
In order to facilitate your efforts, Chairwoman Lynne Johnson and the Orleans County Legislature have established the Reopen Orleans Advisory Committee. The Committee is comprised of members of the Orleans County Legislature, the Orleans County Health Department, the business community and law enforcement.
The purpose of this committee is to ensure we open Orleans County in a safe and responsible way to prevent any new spread of COVID-19. Please explore the following websites from the State to help guide you in your personal life and businesses:
During the past several weeks the citizens and businesses of Orleans County have been incredibly co-operative, charitable and understanding when considering the onerous impositions that have been imposed. We recognize that during the weeks and months to come that there will be questions and confusion as to what activity is permissible and how to proceed in a safe manner that respects others in the community and complies with the various levels of government.
Please avail yourselves of the Reopen Orleans Advisory Committee (ROAC). Any questions or concerns you have may be submitted to ROAC by accessing the orleansny.com website and leaving your comments by clicking on the Reopen Orleans Advisory Committee icon. The Committee will endeavor to respond in a timely fashion.
Law enforcement stresses importance of social distancing, safety measures during pandemic
In the meantime Orleans County law enforcement agencies would like to remind all residents of the importance of social distancing, the wearing of face coverings and other safety measures during this unprecedented health crisis.
We would also ask that the Executive Orders that have been issued be followed for everyone’s safety. As the weather turns warmer there will be the desire for many of us to try and resume normal activities. Unfortunately we must begin going back to “normal” in stages. When planning events we ask that the public consult local officials for advice on how to do things safely.
No one wants to revert back to a life style that will see an increase in cases that will result in delay, additional closures and further restrictions. During these often frustrating and trying times please make every effort to cooperate with law enforcement officials in their efforts to enforce the mandates that have been imposed upon them by the state and federal government.
Members of law enforcement feel the same as the rest of the community and wish this pandemic to end as soon as possible. If we all do our part we can hopefully get to the end sooner and safer while minimizing the negative impact of this crisis.
It is the sincerest hope of all of us in the different levels of Orleans County government that each of you and your loved ones stay healthy during this period of challenge and that we can all work in unison to make the often over-whelming impositions of COVID-19 a part of our past.