OHIO – On July 8, 2020 Gov Dewine mandated the use of masks in seven different counties across Ohio, now police are trying to inform the public to not call police on violation complaints.
The city of Brookville says that this is a health code violation and they will not be enforcing the mandate.
“The City of Brookville Police Department continues to recommend social distancing practices and supports the initiative to wear a mask or face covering to prevent the further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Governor DeWine issued a mandate for anyone in Montgomery County to wear a mask or face covering beginning at 6:00 p.m. on July 8, 2020, while the status of the county remains in a Level 3 (Red) status. Governor DeWine further indicated this mandate will be enforced by state and local officials. This is a health related order, therefore the City of Brookville Police Department will NOT enforce this mandate. Citizens within the City of Brookville should not call the Englewood Communications Center (9-1-1), our non-emergency number (937) 833-4357 or our police department number (937) 833-2001, if they observe a potential violation of this order. If a potential violation of this mandate is observed it should be directed to the Dayton & Montgomery County Department of Public Health at (937) 225-5700.”
Centerville police department also in a county that has mandated masks said the same,
The Centerville Police Department has received numerous inquiries about Governor Dewine’s announcement yesterday that face mask/coverings were going to be required in certain counties designated as alert level 3. Montgomery County is one of several counties in Ohio designated as such. As described in the media release this is a public health order and therefore will not be enforced by the Centerville Police Department. We encourage the public to act responsibly by practicing physical distancing, washing hands regularly, and following the guidelines set forth by the CDC and Ohio Department of Health. If you have any questions about or you wish to report a violation of the mask mandate, DO NOT call the Centerville Police Department. Those questions and or reports should be directed to the Dayton Montgomery County Public Health at 937-225-6217.
Montgomery County Sheriffs office said that public should contact local health department for complaints not the sheriffs office. The Sheriffs office said, “That 911 should be used in case of emergency of immediate life threatening urgency.”
Governor DeWine’s order is an Ohio Department of Health, health-related order, therefore, citizens with questions or complaints should contact Dayton-Montgomery County Public Health at (937) 225-6217 or the Ohio Department of Public Health at 1 (833) 427-5634.
The Regional Dispatch Center has recently received numerous inquiries related to the Mandatory Face Mask Ordinance issued by the City of Dayton that went into effect on July 3rd, 2020 and the Mandatory Face Mask Ordinance issued by Governor DeWine that went into effect on July 8th, 2020.
“We’d like to remind the public that 9-1-1 should only be used in the case of an emergency to ensure that those who need immediate, life-saving help can get the attention they need without delay,” said Sheriff Rob Streck. “Please do not call 9-1-1 to report people who may not be complying with the mandated mask order.”
For updated information on the Mandatory Face Mask Ordinance issued by the City of Dayton, please visit: www.daytonohio.gov.
Kettering Police Department said that the only time police would respond to non-mask wearing individuals is if they were involved in a criminal act like not leaving a store after being asked to leave
The Kettering Police Department recommends our citizens follow recommended health and safety guidelines handed down by the State of Ohio. However, this is a public health matter and individuals with complaints about social distancing or wearing of masks should direct them to the Montgomery Public Health (937) 225-5700) or the Ohio Department of Health (1-833-427-5634) not the Kettering Police Department. Officers will continue to educate members of the public about the order when the opportunity arises, but should not be expected to respond unless the matter also involves a criminal act. For example, an individual that refuses to leave a business after being told to do so (mask or no mask) may constitute trespassing, and officers will respond if requested.
West Carollton Police department said this is a health related order and they would not enforce this mandate.
The West Carrollton Police Department supports the prevention of the further spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and understands that the wearing of face coverings plays an important role in that endeavor. Governor Dewine announced that the Ohio Department of Health has issued an order mandating the wearing of face coverings in public in Montgomery County. This order remains in effect as long as the county is designated a Red Level 3 Public Health Emergency. Governor DeWine indicated this mandate will be the enforced by state and local officials. This is a health-related order; therefore, the West Carrollton Police Department will not enforce this mandate. Citizens should not call our local emergency communications center (9-1-1) or the non-emergency number (937-859-3688) if they observe a potential violation of this order. If a potential violation of this mandate is observed it should be directed to local Health Department officials.
The Seven Counties that Dewine mandated masks are, Montgomery, Hamilton, Butler County, Franklin, Huron, Cuyahoga, and Trumbull counties.