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Stop putting feelings above good of the community

I strongly request that mayor and all of us keep the indoor mask mandate in effect for everyone, vaccinated or not, for the foreseeable future.

The Delta variant is spreading faster than the original COVID-19. Fully vaccinated people are getting Delta variant. (Boston Red Sox 7/15/21). Las Vegas is seeing a huge influx of COVID-19 patients. Florida has 20 percent of all cases in the U.S. Indoor mask mandates were dropped there per the CDC and their governors/mayors.

We are an island; we have the rare opportunity to protect ourselves. This simple mask mandate will protect all of us regardless of vaccines. Please keep masking in place until we are sure the trends are down, not up.

It is folly to drop a mandate when the trend is going up, fast. It was predicted early on if we lift mandates too early a stronger, more potent variant, would emerge. It’s happening before our eyes. We must pay attention to facts not theory.

I, too, am tired of masking up, but that’s no excuse and a small price to pay to protect us from this extremely dangerous disease. Our economy depends on Maui being a safe place to be.

We are all in this together. Let’s keep it that way and stop putting “feelings” above the good of the community.

David Hoffman

Wailuku

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