Sheriff: Only business owners, not employees or customers, will be punished for mask violations
Four months after emphatically stating his deputies wouldn't enforce the statewide requirement that people wear masks in public to limit the spread of coronavirus, Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp now says he will start citing businesses where workers don't have their faces covered.
A SHORT TIME LATER, SOMEONE DROPPED A MAN OFF TO THE HOSPITAL WHO HAD BEEN SHOT. >> BACK IN JUNE, THE GOVERNOR POSTED TO FACEBOOK YOUR SHERIFF'S OFFICE WILL NOT BE TAKING ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS. WITH EACH CALL, THE DEPUTIES WILL EDUCATE THE WEARING OF A MASK AS IT IS A DECISION NOT ONE OF A GOVERNOR IN RALEIGH. HE INSISTED THIS WAS NOT A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE WITH THE DEPARTMENT. >> THEY FOUND VERBAL WARNINGS FOR BUSINESS OWNERS. >> WHEN I QUESTIONED HIM ABOUT HIS JUNE STATEMENT, THE SHERIFF SAID A LOT HAS HAPPENED'S JUNE. -- HAPPENED SINCE JUNE. I WILL NOT CITE INDIVIDUALS. BUSINESS OWNERS AND OPERATORS NEED TO BE CITED FOR NOT HAVING EMPLOYERS WEARING MASKS. THE BUSINESS OWNER OR MANAGER WILL BE CHARGED FOR >> THE SHERIFF SAYS ONE PLACE USING IMPROPER MASK WEARING IS PLACES LIKE FAST FOOD DRIVE- THROUGH'S.