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Presque Isle Sherrif’s Department will not actively investigate those not wearing masks

ROGERS CITY, Mich. — The Presque Isle County Sheriff’s Department announced on Facebook yesterday that they will not be actively investigating anyone wearing or not wearing a mask. This decision comes after Governor Whitmer signed an executive order on Friday, stating that everyone entering a public space indoors must be wearing a face covering starting July 13. The order also says that businesses open to the public must refuse entry or service to people refusing to wear one. Failure to comply with the order could result in a $500 fine.

Sheriff Joe Brewbaker with the Presque Isle Sheriff’s Department, says they will not be actively investigating those without masks. “To actively investigate means that my officers are not going to be walking through stores looking to see if somebody is or is not wearing a mask while they’re doing other patrols that they should be doing,” he said. “That’s what the actively investigate means.”

Sheriff Brewbaker also added that if a problem should arise between a store and a customer regarding wearing a mask, the department will respond in the same way they always do. “Any call we get we’re going to handle everything as we always did,” he said. “If we get a call and we’re able to respond we’ll go over and get the information. That information will be turned over to the prosecutor and they can take it from there.”

A date for the ending of this executive order has not yet been announced.