Celebrate Independence Day Safely
I wish everyone a very happy Fourth of July. While we will not be celebrating with crowds and fireworks shows, the spirit of the holiday is perhaps more relevant than ever.
We mark the signing of the Declaration of Independence as a moment in history when people rallied around a common cause—a deep and abiding belief that together they could create a better society. Their determination and sacrifice formed the heart of a new nation. On the Fourth of July, we remember the bravery of those first patriots and the bravery of all who have fought for our country.
In eastern Connecticut, we are privileged to have the military as an integral part of our community. Their selfless service reminds us each day of our duty to our fellow Americans. We appreciate and value their example.
I encourage everyone to take their example to heart and think of others. We can keep others safer and slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask. We can protect those vulnerable in our community by maintaining social distance, washing hands, and observing guidelines for gathering and socializing.
We can also help small businesses and the economy by adhering to safety measures. Stores and restaurants are working hard to keep going in a difficult time. Help keep employees safe and make it easy for them to do their jobs in a challenging new business environment. Also, businesses are relying on us to keep infection rates down so they can safely remain open.
Our vigilance in Connecticut is paying off. While the nation is at an all time high for infection rates, we have seen consistently declining numbers. Together, we can keep it that way.
Independence Day represents the power of people coming together. Let’s come together to keep Connecticut safe and open.
All the best,