GEAUGA COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - Geauga County Sheriff Scott A. Hildenbrand posted a statement Wednesday asking residents not to call the department about mask enforcement in businesses.
Sheriff Hildenbrand said businesses owners must enforce their mask policy because there is no law to enforce.
However, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s new health order, signed Friday, Nov. 13, outlines a different scenario.
Law enforcement officers are authorized to inspect and enforce mask compliance in businesses as representatives of the Ohio Department of Health, according to sections 9 and 12 of the health order.
Sheriff Hildenbrand’s post said, “The Health Dept would be the ones to call.”
But, DeWine’s order bestows inspection and enforcement powers on local law enforcement as well as Ohio Department of Health representatives, local health department representatives and representatives of the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Retail Compliance Unit.
DeWine previously spoke on CBS This Morning about mask enforcement in businesses.
DeWine told CBS it can be tough for store owners and managers to enforce masks because of fears of confrontation.
The governor’s mask order said employees are not required to place themselves in jeopardy or risk harm when attempting to enforce mask usage.