North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday he has issued a statewide mask mandate during the COVID-19 crisis.
Moore County Sheriff Ronnie Fields Friday released a statement regarding the use of face masks in public.
“To be direct and clear, neither I nor the members of the Moore County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing this mandate from the Governor,” said Fields. “The reasons, you may ask? There are two of them. Number one, because the order is unconstitutional. And secondly, because the order itself is unenforceable. As I see it, it’s pretty simple. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask away from your home, please do so. I encourage everyone to practice social distancing and we should all continue to keep our hands very clean. These are great practices regardless of the pandemic. Take care of each other and be thoughtful. Together, we make a difference in Moore County.”
UPDATE: Sheriff Fields issued a statement Saturday clarifying the enforcement of the mask order. To read the update, please click on link below.