A sheriff in southwest Washington state this week told residents to not be "sheep" over Gov. Jay Inslee’s new statewide order requiring masks in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
H/T: Fox News
“In case you guys didn’t hear, Gov. Inslee in his infinite wisdom has decided after over a hundred and some odd days that we should all wear face masks inside and out. Here’s what I say: Don’t be a sheep,” Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza said to a gathered crowd.
LC Sheriff Rob Snaza and Chief Bruce Kimsey addressed a group of residents in the Bethel Church parking lot on Tuesday night regarding the Uncle Sam sign amid rumors of a protest against it.— Jared W. (@ThePhotoJay) June 24, 2020
Snaza also denounced Inslee's statewide mask order during the event.
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The Lewis County Sheriff isn't the only Washington law enforcement chief that has something to say about the mask order.
“The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has much larger public safety priorities than writing a ticket for a person not wearing a mask,” said Sheriff Jones.
“Our jail is on restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and therefore violations of the Governor’s order will not meet the booking criteria. I have full trust in the residents and business owners of our great county that they will continue to use common sense and good judgment to be safe. Their efforts will support Grant County moving to Phase 3 of the reopening plan.”
1/2: The Grant County Sheriff’s Office continues to focus on education of the Governor’s latest order related to the Coronavirus. This most recent Governor’s order is not a mandate for the Sheriff’s Office or local law enforcement to detain, cite or arrest suspected violators.— Grant County Sheriff (@GrantCoSheriff) June 24, 2020
2/2: The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has much larger public safety priorities than writing a ticket for a person not wearing a mask. Our jail is on restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and therefore violations of the Gov’s order will not meet the booking criteria.— Grant County Sheriff (@GrantCoSheriff) June 24, 2020
Washington’s mask requirement comes as confirmed coronavirus cases have spiked around the nation, including across the South and West. https://t.co/8oWCvrM5Zj— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) June 25, 2020
What's up with sheriffs and sheep. Lewis County Sheriff Rob Snaza also told a crowd "Don't be a sheep" in response to Inslee's mask order. https://t.co/54qbhUhBZ1— Austin Jenkins N3 (@AustinJenkinsN3) June 24, 2020