Macomb County Sheriff: We won't be issuing citations to people not wearing masks

Posted at 11:13 AM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 11:13:33-04

The Macomb County Sheriff's Office clarified some confusion spreading across social media following Gov. Gretchen Whitmers order requiring masks be worn indoors and at crowded outdoor spaces. The new mandate comes with a $500 fine if the order isn't followed. However, sheriff's deputies in Macomb County won't be issuing any citations to those non in compliance.

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"Reading through comments, it seems there is a lot of confusion," read a post on the Macomb County Sheriff's Office Facebook page on Monday. "Just to clarify, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office will NOT be issuing citations to those not wearing a mask, those who wish to make a complaint will be referred to the Attorney General’s Office.

The order went into effect Monday, July 13. The sheriff's office says that it will instead treat reports of customers not wearing masks at businesses as a trespassing complaint.

"If a business wishes to enforce this order, they may require patrons to wear a mask," the post goes on to say. "If the patron refuses, the business may ask them to leave their eatablishment. If the patron refuses, the business may contact us and we will treat it as a trespassing complaint. We hope this clears up any confusion.

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