Duluth is my home city, and I have family and friends there. Because of the pandemic, however, I have not visited since December 2019.

I currently live in Seattle in King County, Washington, where we have an excellent public health department. At many venues here now — such as restaurants, gyms, and theaters — we must show proof of vaccination and, of course, wear a mask.

I would suggest the city of Duluth impose such criteria.

I know there is resistance and misinformation out there to influence personal behavior. In the current situation in Duluth and in Minnesota (“Walz has no plan to declare emergency during spike,” Nov. 18), I think requiring proof of vaccination and mask-wearing are needed. These measures can help reduce the high number of cases in the Duluth community.

Bev Johnson

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The writer is a nursing professor at Seattle University.

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