Geauga sheriff on masks and curfew: ‘There is no law to enforce’

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GEAUGA COUNTY, Ohio (WJW) – Geauga County Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand is addressing Ohio’s statewide curfew and the statewide mask order.

On his Facebook page, Sheriff Hildenbrand wrote, “There is no law to enforce, so please do not call us in regards to this.”

“It is up to the business owners to enforce this as they do with the requirements to wear a shirt and shoes,” he says.

On the curfew, Hildenbrand says it is simply a suggestion.

“We do not have the authority, the time, or the willingness to even attempt to enforce this,” he says.

“Your deputies will continue to enforce laws and investigate crimes in the county to keep people safe.”

Geauga County has seen 1,646 coronavirus cases, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Erie County Sheriff Paul Sigsworth agreed with Hildenbrand.

“We will not be stopping people driving down the road at random just to see if they may or may not be in violation of the curfew,” Sigsworth said. “That would not be appropriate.”

Several police officers in Cuyahoga County say they have no plans to look for curfew violations.

“We won’t actively be going out and enforcing that but we will certainly be encouraging folks to follow the governor’s orders,” said Euclid Chief Scott Meyer.  Meyer added that Euclid officers are passing out masks to anyone who may need one.

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