It’s simple, really. Remember the 3 W’s - Wash hands, wear a mask and Watch that you’re 6 feet apart. Until there’s widespread vaccination, and even after that, it’s the best we can do.
It’s not a hoax. Americans are dying at the rate of 1,000 per day. That’s two 9/11 casualty counts per week. If the figures are inflated, as some believe, maybe it’s only one 9/11 casualty count per week.
Feeling better?

The presidential vote count continues, and fine.
The court challenges continue to be filed and tossed out for lack of evidence. Fine.
Joe Biden and his team are locked out of transition funds, office space and the ability to start vetting potential employees who will need to have security clearances before assuming their jobs.
Not fine.
Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley, U.S. Representative Sam Graves indulge President Trump all you want, but it’s time to get the ball rolling for the next president and his administration. President Trump doesn’t have to concede to let the GSA free up resources for the transition - just give the signal.
Our guess is that there are forces around the world ready to take advantage of a power vacuum being created right now. If so, that’s a national security problem.
Certainly the battle to control the Coronavirus needs to be taken seriously enough for the two administrations to be able to talk to one another and coordinate.
There’s only one president at a time, but like Dr. Fauci said recently, it’s like a relay race. You have to run together for a time to make the handoff. Time to run together for awhile.

There will be a lot of on-line shopping this Christmas season because of the pandemic. Many of Weston’s businesses have websites and the ability of fill orders remotely. Please take advantage of this service.
It’s been a rough year for small businesses. Spending some money with them can mean the difference between making it or not.
Great weather has been good this fall, and thanks to Lorri Stanislav and her team, the events have brought people to town in droves.
That will continue at some level during the Christmas Candlelight Holiday Stroll. Enjoy the sights and sounds, but remember that on weekdays, there will be fewer people and it will be easier to keep your distance in the shops.
If nothing else, you can stroll around the town, breathe deeply and enjoy the Christmas displays at homes .
In the meantime, cases are on the rise in the metro area, and the guidelines are tightening. There could be some new, more restrictive ones in Platte County, but right now, they include:
1.    Continue consistent mask mandates for all activities outside the home and broaden enforcement.
2.    Limit social or other in-person gatherings to further reduce community spread of the disease
3.    Require bars and restaurants to close by 10 pm and/or implement greater requirements on occupancy limits for indoor and outdoor spaces.
4.    Place further limitations on outdoor and indoor entertainment and recreational venues.
5.    Place requirements on recreational and youth sporting events to significantly limit the number of attendees and ensure social distancing.
6.    Require businesses and organizations to ensure that the 6 feet of social distancing is maintained for all public spaces.
If the number of positive cases are not reduced and hospital capacity cannot be improved, additional action may be warranted.

Beth McPherson, Editor

Below is an excerpt from Beth's editorial from this week.  The entire editorial may be found in this week's print copy of the Weston Chronicle or online here.

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