I would like to suggest that the Hastings Recreation Department take a new look at the policies for our upcoming pool season. The guidance looks like it is over a month old and now wildly out of date. Nationwide, over 85 percent of folks over 65 have had one shot and 74 percent are totally vaccinated. This percentage is all the more remarkable when considering it includes the South, with very anemic vaccination performance. The data shows clearly that New York State is a high performer with vaccination and Westchester in particular even better. Every metric including case rate, hospitalization, and death is plummeting just as it did in Israel when they used the Pfizer vaccine. The CDC recently announced that folks with full vaccination need not wear masks outdoors or maintain social distancing, yet the Village’s pool rules are worse than last summer, as walk-ins will not be allowed. We are told that the annoying reservation system is returning. The swim sessions are returning.

We got to this remarkable place in history because science and government worked together in record time to create a miracle. We did our part. We got our shot. Now bring summer back.

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