Orleans, Genesee officials show lack of courage and caring with no masking mandate

Posted 25 November 2021 at 8:55 am


In the face of unprecedented rates of Covid-19 infections, the governing bodies of Orleans and Genesee counties have announced against issuing an indoor mask mandate.

Displaying  a disheartening lack of leadership, and with all the subtlety of a coup d’etat, the combined Legislatures and Managers of the two counties have decided against the

most basic and fundamental precaution that can be made against the virus: masking.

More disturbing is the apparent collusion of the Genesee and Orleans Health Department, ostensibly existing for the safety and well-being of the public, being involved in this non-decision.

Shielding behind the admittedly real concern of diminished business activity, while at the same time handing off the onus of imposing masking restrictions to the very businesses affected, this group of leaders has placed both customers and businesses in the dangerous position of not trusting each other to protect all.

The citizenry of Orleans and Genesee counties have a right to expect more from their elected and appointed officials, both in courage and caring.


Dave Vanderlaan