‘Step up and do the right thing’: Sanford mayor sends message after recent outbreaks

Sanford’s mayor is sending a harsh message to members of the community who refuse to adhere to coronavirus safety guidelines.The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating four outbreaks in York County.The outbreaks are at the Calvary Baptist Church, Sanford Fire Department, Lafayette Club and the American Legion.There is currently no evidence any of those outbreaks are linked to each other or the August wedding and reception in Millinocket that is responsible for 161 cases, including more than 80 at the York County Jail.The outbreaks in the city forced the school department to alter its reopening plan for younger students. Twelve-hundred students in grades K through four will now report for in-person learning two days a week instead of five, beginning Monday.Sanford Mayor Tom Cote issued a statement in reaction to the outbreaks.”If you are refusing to adhere to the governor’s order simply on the basis of your individual freedoms, then you, not the collective you, but you personally, are responsible for any delays to our kids going to school, playing sports and participating in school activities,” Cote said.The Sanford VFW, which also had one employee recently test positive for the virus, is closed until Sept. 18.The commander said he wants to be part of the solution. When the VFW reopens, hand sanitizer will be placed at the door, temperatures will be taken and masks will be required.”We did have people who didn’t want to wear masks and we tried to keep them in their own little area, socially-distanced. It’s just not going to happen anymore,” Sanford VFW Commander James Bachelder said.The Sanford City Council was scheduled to hold an emergency meeting Thursday night to decide whether to strengthen face covering requirements and increase enforcement.

Sanford’s mayor is sending a harsh message to members of the community who refuse to adhere to coronavirus safety guidelines.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating four outbreaks in York County.

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The outbreaks are at the Calvary Baptist Church, Sanford Fire Department, Lafayette Club and the American Legion.

There is currently no evidence any of those outbreaks are linked to each other or the August wedding and reception in Millinocket that is responsible for 161 cases, including more than 80 at the York County Jail.

The outbreaks in the city forced the school department to alter its reopening plan for younger students. Twelve-hundred students in grades K through four will now report for in-person learning two days a week instead of five, beginning Monday.

Sanford Mayor Tom Cote issued a statement in reaction to the outbreaks.

“If you are refusing to adhere to the governor’s order simply on the basis of your individual freedoms, then you, not the collective you, but you personally, are responsible for any delays to our kids going to school, playing sports and participating in school activities,” Cote said.

The Sanford VFW, which also had one employee recently test positive for the virus, is closed until Sept. 18.

The commander said he wants to be part of the solution. When the VFW reopens, hand sanitizer will be placed at the door, temperatures will be taken and masks will be required.

“We did have people who didn’t want to wear masks and we tried to keep them in their own little area, socially-distanced. It’s just not going to happen anymore,” Sanford VFW Commander James Bachelder said.

The Sanford City Council was scheduled to hold an emergency meeting Thursday night to decide whether to strengthen face covering requirements and increase enforcement.

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