Sacramento Sheriff WON’T Enforce Governor Newsom’s Mandatory Mask Order

( For the people of Sacramento, the mandatory mask order put in place by California Governor Gavin Newsom won’t affect them. The County Sheriff Office told the media that they would refuse to enforce the order, allowing people to choose whether or not they want to wear a face covering in public.

The Sheriff’s Office told the press that they considered it “inappropriate” to enforce the Newsom order as a matter of criminality and that they won’t be punishing businesses or individuals if they choose not to abide by the rule.

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that people would be required to wear masks when they are waiting in line, or when they are indoors in public places. People would also be required to wear masks at work or when on public transport. However, those who are outdoors and exercising will not be required to wear a mask.

“Science shows that face coverings and masks work,” Newsom said in an official statement. “They are critical to keeping those who are around you safe, keeping businesses open, and restarting our economy.”

On Friday, Sheriff Scott Jones said that they chose not to enforce the rule because of its “minor nature.”

“Due to the minor nature of the offense, the potential for negative outcomes during enforcement encounters, and anticipating the various ways in which the order may be violated, it would be inappropriate for deputies to criminally enforce the Governor’s mandate,” he said.

Perhaps he’s right, too. In recent months, the response to law enforcement enforcing rules relating to the coronavirus has been largely negative. It’s funny how people don’t like their rights being trampled all over…

In the statement, which was published on Facebook, the Sheriff’s Office also recommended that people take sensible steps to protect themselves and others from the Chinese coronavirus.

“The Sheriff’s Office recommends that everyone continue exercising safe practices, including wearing masks pursuant to the Governor’s recommendation, especially around those in high-risk groups,” it reads.

It also confirmed that the staff at the Sheriff’s Office will do their best to follow the rules of the mask mandate.

The county saw 67 deaths related to the coronavirus as of Friday, with a total of 1,976 cases. California more widely has seen some 160,000 confirmed cases of the Chinese virus, and more than 5,300 people have died as of Thursday.