Hamilton County Tennessee issued a mandate requiring people to wear masks in public.
“The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office addressed how they will enforce Mayor Jim Coppinger’s mask mandate that will go into effect at midnight on Friday July 10.
Coppinger said those who fail to comply with the mandate could face a $50 fine or up to 30 days in jail.”
Here is the problem, the mandate is without teeth because the Republican Sheriff, like the Republican County Mayor, won’t enforce the mandate.
“In a news conference Tuesday, Sheriff Jim Hammond stated that issuing citations or making arrests is not the goal for his department.
‘Every call that we get or everything that we observe, we will try to be very reasonable. In a friendly manner, say ‘look you know what's going on?’ You may not be aware that there is a mandate out about the mask but you really need to be covered up,’ Hammond said.” WRCBTV
But wait, the Mayor of Chattanooga, TN (a Democrat) is joining with his police chief on not enforcing the mandate because it is meant to educate an inform.
“Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke spoke on the enforcement of the new mask mandate in Hamilton County that went into effect Friday.
In a press conference to address the spike in coronavirus cases in the area, Berke said he stands behind the Chattanooga Police Department in its decision to not issue citations for people not wearing a mask.
He said similar to the shutdown months ago, the goal for the city is to mainly ‘educate and inform.’” WRCBTV
Mandates have consequences when it comes to protecting the public health…the political mandate has no teeth. On the one hand the mandate says a failure to wear a mast means a $50 dollar fine and up to 30 days in jail while on the other The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and The Chattanooga Police Department refuses to enforce the mandate.
Politics as usual while people get sick, infect others, and negatively impact our health…
…and our economy.
If you are going to have a mandate, you have to enforce it otherwise it is just another weak kneed political statement.
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