Fayette County – Fayette county sheriff Vernon Stanforth said that mask policing is something that the state will most likely have to handle vs local and county police.
Governor Dewine reinstated his mask order last week, enforcing mask mandates and targeting businesses. Parts of the new order included a state policing of stores that included the possibility of closing stores that did not adhere to the order.
In a video that was posted to the sheriffs office site the sheriff said, “There are other things they can do than call the police or the sheriff’s office to arrest somebody for not wearing a mask,” when Stanforth was speaking about people not adhering to orders to wear masks in stores. “
Stanforth even said that they would not be the ones enforcing the masks, “Enforcement is not something we are going to see. Our law enforcement, I don’t see our resources, policing masks is not something we are going to do. If somebody does come in and says I am not wearing a mask but I am going to go shop in your store, that is not for us to decide who goes into the store and who doesn’t go into the store,”
Some of the sheriff department including the Sheriff himself tested positive for COVID-19 recently according to Ohio Covid numbers 14 out of 20 jail staff have tested positive for the virus, 11 inmates and possible more.