By Jeff Mayers
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 1700 hours, due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, Gov. Jared Polis and our Larimer County Health officials moved the county to level red. In response, a press conference was held in Loveland in opposition of the order to close small locally owned businesses and restaurants. According to the Reporter-Herald, a list of 65 businesses, unable to weather the financial strain of another forced closure, announced their intent to remain open.
Monday, the governor announced he would revoke the business licensees of any business that did not comply with this public health order. Many of these businesses have consistently demonstrated their unwavering support of our members and our profession through both our good and bad times.
This pandemic has affected our community, our nation, and the world. Many of us have lost loved ones and dear friends from this virus. The seriousness of this virus is not lost upon us as 275 of our own brothers and sisters paid the ultimate price while serving their communities through this pandemic. The economic impact, which is disproportionately affecting small businesses, has shuttered the doors of countless local family-owned businesses in our community. We cannot allow our friends and family to suffer additional and unnecessary financial hardship.
The executive leadership of Lodge 52 has consulted with many of these business owners and we support their difficult decision to remain open. In service to our community, we swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America, we recognize the necessity of the checks and balances present in the three separate and distinct branches of government. We believe these businesses can continue to operate in a safe and cautious manner, consistent with variances afforded to other counties and larger businesses within our own community. More importantly, we believe the valued citizens of our community should be empowered to make their own conscious decision regarding their health and safety. As an organization, we stand by to support these business local businesses with our patronage.
Now is the time we show our community and these families that we support them! We must help by shopping local, ordering food, and frequenting these generous businesses. We cannot back down from the opportunity to help our neighbors through this troublesome and scary time. With consideration given to your own unique health concerns, I am asking the members of our great FOP Lodge and the citizens of our community to support and whenever possible, give back to those who have given us so much over the years. We are #FOPSTRONG and #LOVELANDSTRONG.
Jeff Mayers is president of Loveland Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 52.