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Officials vague on plans to enforce mask mandate

Posted at 5:16 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 19:22:55-04

CLEVELAND — In the City of Cleveland, masks are already required.

Mayor Frank Jackson signed an order late Friday night, just hours before the start of the Fourth of July holiday.

“I think it makes sense. We carry ours all the time in case we have to go into stores,” said Joe Testa, Cleveland resident.

But, how will that order be enforced when Cleveland Police are dealing with an uptick in violence?

“The Director of Safety and the Director of Health have set up a protocol between themselves as to how they will enforce that,” said Jackson.

“The answer to addressing COVID-19 is very much so on the individual. We will get into the enforcement arm addressing those who do not take it seriously, that do not want to protect the safety of themselves and others,” said Public Safety Director Karrie Howard.

Both Jackson and Howard were short on the details of how the order will be enforced.

Cleveland City Council is expected to discuss the topic at their next council meeting set for July 15. They are expected to discuss the penalties that will be handed out to individuals and businesses that don’t follow the order.

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