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El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says it won’t issue citations to people not wearing masks

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says it will educate the public on the benefits of wearing masks, but deputies won't be issuing citations for people who don't wear masks.

The Sheriff's Office tweeted Thursday afternoon that it "cannot afford to take actions that further erode the public trust in us."

The announcement was made just hours after Governor Jared Polis issued a mask mandate that takes effect at midnight. The executive order says people violating the mandate "may be subject to civil or criminal penalties, including but not limited to prosecution for trespass."

Read the sheriff's office full announcement below.

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  1. What will the sherriff’s office do when called to a business who wants someone to leave so it can stay in business?

    1. It is.
      H1N1 no mask.
      SARS no mask.
      Swine and Bird Flu no mask.
      Election year MASK Panic!!!!!!!!

      1. Shall we talk about the number of deaths resulting from H1N1, SARS, and Swine and Bird flu?
        As usual, your logic is non-existent. THIS PANDEMIC IS REAL, whether you like it or not.

        1. But still no masks required. Why?
          The others were NOT REAL?
          Explain….using Logic of course.

          Election year scare tactic. Only Joe Biden can save us…..if he can remember what century it is. He is battling the Spanish Flu in his mind.

          1. It is very real i had 2 good friends and a relative die from it so please do not say it is not. is that enough logic

    1. The Sheriff does not have the option to pick and choose what laws or directives to enforce anymore that you or I have a choice on which ones to obey. If he fails in his duties he must be replaced with someone that is willing and able to do the job.

      1. Uh he does. He is an elected officials. Not some appointee.
        He is LAW enforcement not mandate enforcement.

      2. he executive order says people violating the mandate “may be subject to civil or criminal penalties”

        Actually he does. The Key word above is “MAY”, not “SHALL”. That leaves an option of citing or not.

        Now if the person refuses to leave a property, then that is a different issue that does fall under Trespassing.

    2. They are paid to fight crime not viruses…..and stupid unenforceable demands.
      Hey, bet we will be seeing homeless people NOT wearing masks tomorrow!!

    1. Raise taxes on the poor and fund the cops more! Those Hoods are the ones using the service the most!!

    2. Lol. How stupid are you Alexi? Duhhhh, time to defund because I’m butt hurt. Get a life you racist tool

  2. LEO enforces laws, not executive orders or mandates from the Governor of Denver.

  3. Having Barney Fife in charge erodes confidence. It makes me laugh when people in El Paso county whine and cry about the economy being shut down. They then whine about the unemployment, yet will not wear a mask in order to get the virus rate under control. I am currently working remotely from home and my employer has already announced we will not be returning to the office until there is either a vaccine or the infection rate declines significantly. So if you want to continue depressing the economy go right ahead and leave that mask off and while you are at it have a Covid party-I hear they are quite fun up until the hospital part.

  4. It all comes down to this: Whether or not you believe the Corona virus is transmittable easily through water vapor, whether or not you believe it is no worse than a cold, if the hospitals are maxed out with sick people, and you refuse to wear your mask, then the governor will order business closed, and we will be back where we were in March. And don’t spout the tired argument that it’s your right not to wear a mask. If you stop at a red light, if you wear a seatbelt, if you refrain from yelling ‘Fire!’ in a movie theater, then you can wear a mask, It is not just for you, it is for everyone else around you. And don’t believe for a minute that your actions don’t affect anyone else.

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