Andrew McManus, a current City Councilman in Portsmouth, recently spoke with Scioto County Daily News (SCDN) regarding his thoughts on the Stay at Home Mandate that was ordered by Governor Mike DeWine. McManus made it clear from the start of the interview that he was speaking as a public official and not a citizen, but the views he expressed were his own.
Over a week before this mandate was issued, Councilman McManus recommended that citizens support local businesses by getting delivery and take-out instead of eating in, making him the first local official to sound the alarm bells on this issue, which has now become a State mandate. McManus feels that it is his duty as a public official to advise people on how to stay safe and provide them with the information they need.
When asked how the Stay at Home Mandate has affected his family, McManus said that he was actively avoiding making contact with his mother, for fear that he might inadvertently spread the virus to her or his grandfather.
Starting tomorrow, a large group of people will no longer have jobs due to this mandate, and to those people, Councilman Andrew McManus said that he was sorry for their situation and that he will do everything he can to help the people in that circumstance.