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Some local sheriffs do not plan to enforce statewide mask order

Posted June 25, 2020 6:48 a.m. EDT
Updated June 29, 2020 9:25 a.m. EDT

As the statewide mask order goes into effect on Friday, a number of county sheriffs across the state have said that they will not be enforcing the Governor's order.

Under the order, businesses and customers can be cited for non-compliance.

Law enforcement has the authority to utilize trespassing laws to help enforce the order.

The city of Raleigh began a mask order on June 19, a full week before the statewide order takes effect. Mayor Mary Ann Baldwin expressed support for a statewide order at the time.

But even though law enforcement has the option to enforce the orders does not mean that they will.

A number of county sheriffs have told WRAL News or made public statements declaring that they will not be doing so for numerous reasons.

I want to make it crystal clear that the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office will NOT attempt to enforce the Governor’s order to wear a mask in public places," wrote Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace in a Facebook post. "I do not believe the order is enforceable nor constitutionally sound."

The following county sheriff's offices say they will not be enforcing the mask order:

  • Alamance County
  • Bladen County
  • Duplin County
  • Halifax County
  • Johnston County
  • Lee County
  • Moore County
  • Sampson County
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