Christine Schuyler, County Public Health Director, issued the following to help educate the community as to how enforcement of New York State’s COVID-19 related rules and guidelines works at the local level:
The Chautauqua County Board of Health has the responsibility to enforce Public Health Law and the Sanitary Code of the County of Chautauqua. Public Health Sanitarians inspect and respond to complaints against establishments permitted by the Health Department as well as complaints that businesses are not following NY Reopening Guidelines; this does not typically include private homes because of constitutional protections and resource limitations. The Board of Health and the Chautauqua County Health Department are encouraging residents to be extra careful this holiday season and keep their social and family gatherings small. The larger your circle and the more your circles overlap other people’s circles, the higher the risk of spreading the SARS-Cov-2 virus. Sheriff Quattrone and I talk almost daily, our staffs work collaboratively on complaints, and we share the same philosophy of appealing to people’s sense of well-being for one another during this difficult time.
Chautauqua County Sheriff James Quattrone echoed this sentiment:
We need to respect every individual’s constitutional rights, yet at the same time make sure that people in our County recognize that with every right we enjoy, we have a responsibility to respect other people’s rights. Now is not the time to be reckless and disregard any COVID-19 prevention guidelines.