Today is the day the Lancaster County Republicans have set as the premature reopening of our county, a move which has no basis in law, is not supported by science, and will only confuse the general public as well as diminish the solidarity we must exhibit in our efforts to social distance.
These Senators, Representatives, and Commissioners have not been dissuaded of their recklessness despite numerous counties surrounding ours reconsidering their own unilateral moves into reopening. By now it should be clear that this stunt is really only about one thing: covering up the inept response of the Trump administration and its failure over many months to ensure the provision of necessary testing, contact tracing, and PPE to combat the virus.
In their haste to declare the crisis resolved, workers still do not have necessary safeguards to maintain their job including things like childcare which will likely not reopen, facility residents still do not have enough masks and gloves, we still do not have a county health department to ensure that the response is guided by medical experts, and the countywide testing and contact tracing efforts are not yet even fully operational—they only exist on paper.
We must work together to send a message to the Republicans who ‘“represent” us, from the White House down, that their actions are unacceptable. The only way you can stop the power of these reckless politicians is to support and vote for the candidates running to defeat them in November.
Lancaster County Democratic Committee