To the editor:
On Tuesday when I picked up my Nugget at the corner store I was stunned by the photo on the front page of people protesting in front of the health unit building on Oak Street.
Not one of these protesters was wearing a mask or social distancing.
How could the man in charge of this establishment let this happen under his very eyes and not call the police and have every one of these people charged for not following the rules set forth by Dr. Jim Chirico?
I went to the health unit office on Oak Street hoping to speak with Dr. Chirico. The receptionist said he was in the building and she would call him. After 15 minutes of waiting, I then asked her what the problem was. Again she said someone was on their way down to talk to me.
After another 10 minutes, I asked again what the holdup was, only to be told now that Dr. Chirico was not in the building and someone was coming down to talk to me.
After waiting another 10 minutes, I noticed a young girl walking toward me in the main entrance not wearing a mask. At least five employees saw her and none asked her about the mask and why she was not wearing one.
I asked her and she responded by saying she didn’t have one.
Why does the health unit make all these rules and guidances to protect our health and does nothing in this case to uphold them inside and outside its building?
After waiting for so long and no one came down to talk to me about my concerns, I told the receptionist to forget about it, that I would contact The Nugget and make my concerns heard.
While I was getting in my car, a woman came outside and wanted to talk to me. After discussing why I came to the health unit office with her I got nowhere again, but excuses why the police were not called and people charged.
I could go on, but this should explain why I wanted to voice my concern.
Thank you health unit for whitewashing this situation.
I do understand that people have legal rights to protest, but they should have been wearing masks. By not wearing masks, their protest was illegally done and should have been stopped.
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