Geauga Sheriff Not Enforcing Mask or Curfew Rules

(Chardon) - Geauga County Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand says his job is to enforce the law, not advisories from the Governor's office, so he will not be enforcing violations for not wearing a mask in public, or for violations of the state's overnight curfew.

Hildenbrand posted on the Sheriff's office Facebook page:

"I have received several calls about the Governor’s suggestion that everyone wear a mask. It it up to the business owners to enforce this as they do with the requirements to wear a shirt and shoes. There is no law to enforce, so please do not call us in regards to this. The Health Dept would be the ones to call. Along with that the Governor has suggested a curfew from 10p - 5a for the next three weeks. Again we do not have the authority, the time or the willingness to even attempt to enforce this. Your Deputies will continue to enforce laws and investigate crimes in the County to keep people safe."

Retail stores in Ohio have been asked to make customers comply with rules to wear a face mask. In addition, the governor has called for a nightly curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. for the next three weeks. Neither is a law, as neither was approved by the Ohio Legislature.

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