Monroe County Sheriff’s Office sticking with education on mask mandate

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called on local governments and law enforcement agencies to enforce compliance regarding coronavirus executive orders, including the mandatory wearing of masks in public when social distancing is not possible.

The governor has called on local governments to enforce compliance in the past, but local agencies have largely preferred an educational approach, encouraging people to wear masks and reinforcing why it is important from a public health standpoint.

“It’s the law, and they [local government] are not doing it, and that is their job,” Gov. Cuomo said during Monday’s briefing at JFK International Airport. “The local governments are not doing their job, they should not allow those congregations, people packed in bars, to continue. If it happens, I’ll tell you what’s going to happen, we’re going to have to roll back the opening plan, and we’re going to have to close bars and restaurants.”

However, officials from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office say it is in “education mode,” in hopes for compliance in encouraging people to follow public health executive orders out of Albany.

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