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Mayors urge ‘proactive stand’

The holiday season is just around the corner. Unfortunately, however, the coronavirus is here in our area now.

We have seen a spike over the last month in the number of reported positive cases and hospitalizations. As your mayors of Dunkirk and Fredonia, we are urging each of you to take a proactive stand against the spread of this virus. Social distancing is a must.

If you are in a situation where you cannot reasonably stay further away than six feet from the closest individual, please wear a mask that covers your nose and your mouth.

A mask worn properly will protect you as well as others in your immediate vicinity.

It is important that we all practice washing our hands frequently and using hand sanitizer on a regular basis. We are one community.

While there are differences geographically and in the way in which we live our lives, it is imperative that each of us do our part to stop the spread of this dangerous pandemic. Now is not the time to let our guard down.

Each of us must follow the CDC guidelines and work together if we are to control the spread of COVID here in Dunkirk and Fredonia.

The precautions we take today to protect our loved ones as well as ourselves — practice social distancing, wear a mask when in public, wash our hands and use hand sanitizer–are critical to our success in mitigating the continued spread of COVID in our community.

As your mayors, we will continue to work together to do all that is possible to keep you informed and to keep you safe.

We are asking of you, however, that you follow the CDC guidelines and protect yourselves and your family members.

Wilfred Rosas is mayor of the city of Dunkirk and Doug Essek is mayor of the village of Fredonia.

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