In a letter to Shelby County Health Department, Arlington leaders expressed their disdain with the “Safer at Home” order.

“The Town of Arlington Board of Mayor and Aldermen feel strongly the Shelby County Health Department acted prematurely in its actions,” the letter from the Mayor Mike Wissman and the town’s six aldermen stated, noting other measures should have been taken.

The Arlington letter, which copied Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris, said data does not “support such a drastic move” that affects businesses.

The letter, posted to Town of Arlington’s Facebook page Monday, Dec. 28, is dated Dec. 23.

Wissman has been vocal in opposition to the Health Department throughout the pandemic. Other suburban mayors also seem to lack patience with the Health Department directives, seeking other remedies, such as a statewide mask mandate and trying to reach some compromise that doesn’t impact businesses as much.