(WTVA) - The Clay County Board of Supervisors extended the county-wide curfew during its meeting on Monday.
Residents of Clay County had a lot to say about the extension and modification to the time restraint.
“They’re looking at safety first and I appreciate that,” said Linda Gates.
“This curfew is, is mentally tearing everyone down,” Renee Harpole explained.
The Board of Supervisors extended the curfew until March 1st.
Linda Gates has lived in Clay County for over 20 years.
She said she feels this curfew will help keep her neighbors safe.
“Our supervisors aren’t just making quick decisions. They’re looking at research," Gates said. "They’ve got a history of being a good judgment team and I feel like they’re doing what’s best for the greater good.”
However, Renee Harpole sees the curfew in a different light.
She explained that it's human nature to want to be with others, however, the curfew is taking that instinctive need away.
The board modified the curfew to now begin at 10 P.M. rather than 11.
Gates believes the added hour of curfew is the right move for the community.
“I think if we’re going to make a mistake, let’s make the mistake on the side of caution," she said, "because that’s life and death.”
Unlike Gates, Hapole sees the curfew as something causing the problems.
She said the time restraints harm the local businesses and even the mental health of those in the county.
“This is doing nothing but creating more fear and fear... fear takes everything away from you.”
WTVA spoke with Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott on the phone about the board's decision to extend and modify the curfew.
He said the group made the decision to keep members of other counties out of the bars and restaurants in Clay County, because of the tendency for those places to be a hotspot for spreading the virus.