Hi. This is Mayor Mike Cahill with a renewed call to action this Sunday morning. And that is – Please stay home. If you live in Wards 3 or 4, today is your food shopping day, but only go if you really need to. Otherwise, please stay home. If you need to go out, Dr. Anthony Fauci, American’s lead Infectious Disease expert, now recommends that we all wear a mask at all times in public.
Please know that what we – you and I – are doing now, and what we do in the coming days and weeks, will either save lives or cost lives – right here in Beverly. This depends on all of us.
If you go out walking, please walk on the left side of the street facing traffic, otherwise you’ll keep walking into others, putting your health and theirs at risk. This includes on our sidewalks. Families, if you need to take walks or bike rides, please stay close to home, and please stay away from other people. Do not congregate in groups. Do not have friends over to your house and do not let your kids play together with their friends. Close contact needs to be limited to immediate family members only. And Dr. Fauci is calling for us to try to stay apart even at home if a family member has to go outside the home to work. By now, we all understand why these measures are necessary – this virus is very contagious, and we must stop its transmission.
Friends, our nurses, doctors, police, firefighters, paramedics, and others are courageously out there every day fighting to keep us safe – many can’t go home at night to their families for fear of exposing them to the virus. We are responsible more than ever to keep them safe. They are making great sacrifices – we need to sacrifice, too.
Dr. Fauci and other experts are predicting a big increase in COVID-19 cases in the next two weeks. What we do right now can lessen that load or worsen it. Can put more of a burden on Beverly Hospital or can lessen that burden. This virus is killing people in Beverly and elsewhere – and it is horrific.
Please remember, every decision each of us make today and in the coming days and weeks will have an impact. We can save our neighbors’ lives and our own. Please let us be the great and caring community we are so capable of being. Let us think of others with every decision we make right now. Thank you, Friends. Please stay healthy and safe.