By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Fremont County’s sheriff is following the example set by many of his colleagues, letting his community know the recently-implemented statewide mask mandate isn’t enforceable, at least by criminal standards.
Sheriff Ryan Lee issued a statement on Thursday, saying that the wearing of a face covering in public spaces is a personal choice and that his department wouldn’t be issuing criminal citations for failure to do so.
“Locally we have been at this for 272 days” Lee said. “As a society we are all fully aware of the dangers of this virus, however we are also fully aware of what each and every one of us can do to help minimize the spread and impact of the illness amongst our community and families.”
The sheriff reminded Fremont County residents that all local businesses have the right to refuse service to people who don’t wear masks.
Sweetwater County Sheriff John Grossnickle said this week any mask mandate isn’t enforceable because they can’t prove someone does — or does not — have a medical condition preventing them from wearing a mask.