Edgar Co. (ECWd) -
The Edgar County Board issued a statement yesterday to the citizens and businesses of Edgar County.
We encourage everyone to first understand it is not the County Board's place to tell the business owners of this County when to open their doors, contrary to popular belief. The County Board never closed any business, so there is no need for them to "approve" of the opening of business.
We as a society are governed by our laws and from day one of the COVID-19 China virus situation, we have provided the statutory language that must be followed if businesses were to be closed by the government. Pretty much statewide, businesses closed on their own and we now hope they realize it is those same business owners who have to decide what their next step is, not the government.
The County Board attempted communicating with the Governor, however to no surprise, the Governor refused to respond to those communications. The goal was to educate the Governor on that basic concept of one size fits all does not work in Edgar County considering the county has yet to have a positive COVID-19 test result out of over 600 tests. Applying the Chicago policy to Edgar County makes no sense and is clearly arbitrary and capricious. That fact has been confirmed by a Judge for those now aware.
While many in the County have expressed anger towards the County Board for not adopting some policy for businesses to open up, we agree with them not doing it because they never closed anyone's business to begin with. There is no provision in the County Code for the Board to do as many are asking and rather than ignore that fact by adopting something, they did the right thing and let the people know it is they who need to control their lives and decide what is best for them rather than the government.
Rightfully, the board advised business owners to educate themselves on what is best for them. Contained in the letter is a warning.
"Any business that demonstrates a blatant disregard for community safety standards and endangers the health of either employees or patrons will be the subject of appropriate sanctions and enforcement actions."
To understand what possible "sanctions" and "enforcement" actions could happen, we urge a complete review of the articles listed below as it covers the key laws that apply in this type of situation. Understanding all that information will arm you with truth rather than a bunch of social media hyperbole.
- March 15, 2020 - Emergency powers v. due process
- March 18, 2020 - Executive Overreach
- March 21, 2020 - Can the Governor do that?
- March 29, 2020 - Due Process during an emergency coming to courtrooms across the country
- April 27, 2020 - Executive Orders conflict with IDPH Pandemic plan
- April 29, 2020 - Who is flying the plane?
- Aril 30, 2020 - Citizen road map to freedom
- May 1, 2020 - Due process in action
- May 2, 2020 - Health Emergency case law of the land
- May 5th, 2020 - Truth on Isolation & closure orders
- May 15, 2020 - Key to opening your doors - Know your rights
We appreciate the County Board following the law and are confident if business owners do the same we will see Edgar County back in business as it should be.
A copy of the statement can be downloaded at this link or viewed below.