We applaud the mayors of Livermore, Dublin, and Pleasanton for petitioning Alameda County to treat the Tri-Valley as a sub-region of Alameda County with regard to COVID-19 virus restrictions. Our socioeconomic and geographic base is worlds apart from the East Bay and needs to be treated as such. With the Oakland area still reeling from large coronavirus numbers, and the Tri-Valley barely registering, it is time for Tri-Valley businesses of all kinds to be allowed to reopen as long as everyone uses common sense.

1. Self-isolate if you have been in contact with anyone who has the coronavirus until the incubation period is over.

2. Wear a mask to enter any business.

3. Continue to wash your hands, and keep reasonable distance between you and others.

Not that hard. Where possible, businesses have transitioned successfully to online transactions. Screens have been installed between clerks and customers. People are aware of the risks and the rules and are following them for the most part – even the protesters in the Tri-Valley.

Question: Has Alameda County become so densely populated and diverse that it is time to split it into an Alameda East Bay and a Tri Valley County, with two different governing boards that can address each unique area instead of a blanket approach to all? Is this an appropriate subject to put on the next ballot and have voters vote to separate or stay united? Of course, the financial ramifications would have to be resolved, but it could be better for everyone and should be discussed.

As far as COVID-19 is concerned, it is time to stop living in fear, but still remain rational and safe. This too shall pass.