Despite executive orders requiring residents in Texas and New Mexico to wear facial coverings publicly, some local enforcement leaders have publicly rebuked the order and said they will not enforce it.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered on July 2 that a person during a county with 20 or more cases of the novel coronavirus must wear a facial covering in business or in an outside environment where maintaining social distance isn’t possible.
At the top of June, Abbott paused the state’s reopening plan, re-closing bars and reducing restaurant capacity amid a spike within the state.
The Texas Health Department announced the largest average rise of 8,258 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday.
Denton County, Texas, Sheriff Tracy Murphree said he wouldn’t enforce Abbot’s mandate, calling it an “executive order, not a law,” ABC 13 reported.
“They wore signs that the F police said a week ago and demanded defamation of the police,” wrote Murphree on the Facebook page.
“They disregarded the curfew of Denton and closed the streets of the region. They ‘re now mad at me that they’re the same citizens for not meeting the governor’s masking order.
The constable in Montgomery County, Texas, Gene DeForest, said Abbott ‘s vocabulary “strips the compliance of the requisite law enforcement equipment.” As ABC 13 first noted, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s office said it might not be writing tickets to people in violation of the governor’s order.
According to a press release released by county sheriff Rand Henderson, calls about violations will only be dispatched if an individual isn’t wearing a mask inside a business and they create a “disturbance” by refusing to go away the business.
Litigation filed on Friday by many leaders of the GOP of Houston and the two company owners dubbed it an “invasion of independence,” and demanded short-lived restraint order and a permanent injunction against Abbot’s rule.
The County Sheriff of Nacogdoches, Jason Bridges said repeat offenders can not be found because the officers of Jason Bridges did not “keep a database of people wearing masks and not.” After all, the ‘time or energy’ was not in line with ABC 13 to attempt to do this.
In a tweet, the regulation was dubbed “draconian’ masks rule,” by Joe Grimaldi, president of the Police Officers’ Union of Houston.
“Everyone can wear a mask, but during that time, do not place us,” said Grimaldi.