City of Cleveland to hand out masks, not tickets, if they see informal gatherings

Posted at 4:48 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 18:02:52-04

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced a new initiative that would involve officials handing out masks instead of tickets when they see informal gatherings.

City officials want residents to be aware that casual parties are contributing to serious infections.

The city has seen a downward trend in new cases since the mask mandate was put into place and they hope that this will help contribute to that.

Jackson said the city wants people that are having parties to know they are the main source of spread and infection in the county.

The mayor said officials are trying to get the message out through public service announcements but stressed police won't be going into your homes.

"Of course we are not going to go into people's homes or into their yards and enforce mask ordinances in that aggressive way but we are going to be developing an approach and a protocol that will really deliver the message to people in private settings," Jackson said.

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