Violators of Governor Inslee’s mask requirement will not be charged by county police, according to a Grant County Sheriff’s Office press release issued on June 24.

The release stated that the sheriff’s office plans to focus on education of the Governor’s order and that the Governor’s order is not a mandate for the sheriff’s office or local law enforcement to detain, cite or arrest suspected violators.

“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.”

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