Florida Sheriff prohibits deputies from wearing masks
A Sheriff in Central Florida is prohibiting his deputies from wearing masks, with a few exceptions.
this morning at the Marien County, Florida, sheriff's office, a sign at the front door, causing some to do a double take. Anyone entering this facility must remove their mask. The sheriff here. Hello, marrying county citizens, I'm your sheriff. Billy Woods declined to talk to NBC News, but in his order he mandates the 900 deputies and staff on his force, not cover their faces for routine work, saying in part. When you are on duty, working as my employees and representing my office masks will not be worn that signs like encouraging people to smoke people will die as a result of this. It's shameful that they're doing it. The order to remove masks comes just days after the biggest city in Marion County, Ocala, passed an emergency ordinance requiring everyone wear a mask when entering a business. The mayor was the lone voice who opposed that mask mandate. How much of this is a political decision over a health decision? Minds A constitutional decision. Sheriff Billy Woods issued his no mask mandate this week on the same day Florida recorded a record 276 Covic deaths. The order, announced just hours after Woods says he and other sheriffs had spoken by phone with President Trump City Council member Matthew Wardell. To date, 100 4 of our friends and family members and residents have died related to covert, and we're trying to stop that. But the sheriff says there is no solid evidence that masks protect against Corona virus, something health experts say is false. You know that there are few things right now available to us that could help save lives at the top of that list right now. Our masks. If the elected county commission were to challenge this ruling by the sheriff, it likely would wind up in court because the sheriff himself is a constitutional officer. Kerry Sanders, NBC News.