Workers in food preparation, drive-thru services and anyone who has to interact with others in close quarters should wear a mask to reduce chances of transmitting or acquiring the coronavirus, Mayor Harold Perrin said Monday.
Perrin has been wearing his own mask for a week and strongly advocates all of Jonesboro to wear masks when doing business in public.
“Of course, a mask is not guaranteed protection against COVID-19,” Perrin said. “But I’ve seen too many people who are not social distancing, and both masks and social distancing are crucial to getting us through this time.”
Perrin cited the change in Centers for Disease Control protocol, in addition to his own experience, in the request. “In those moments when we can’t be at home or social distancing when we are out, a mask is our last line of defense. Anyone not wearing a mask puts themselves and everyone they encounter at risk.”
Perrin and Dr. Shane Speights, a City medical director, also stressed the importance of social distancing among student-aged children.
“In talking with Dr. Speights, he pointed out the large numbers of 21 and under who are still getting together out and about,” Perrin said. “Young adults need to hear this message and heed it. Parents of children need to find a way to keep them from leaving home to hang out with friends. This is serious, and everyone should treat it seriously.”