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Supervisor Fletcher’s Reaction to COVID Closed Session Meeting

09/17/20

Our board took no action in the closed session tonight and it would be inappropriate to comment on the deliberation. 

In general, I believe we should be fighting COVID-19 and not the state of California. We do not yet know what our case rate will be next Tuesday and will have to evaluate that number in order to understand any possible impact. 

Unfortunately, the problem we now face was avoidable. On August 28th, we were placed in the “red tier” with the option to open additional business entities associated with that tier. I strongly recommended we move slowly, only opening the lowest risk entities, while holding the higher risk entities until we had seen the impacts of school and university openings. My fear at that time was expedited re-openings would put those businesses at risk of a sudden reclosure. I desperately wanted us to avoid the continuation of an open/close posture that is devastating for our small businesses. Sadly, that reality is now before us.