Florida Sheriff Imposes Mouth Mask Ban on Officers

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A sheriff in the US state of Florida has forbidden his officers from wearing a mouth mask. Citizens who visit the police station are also prohibited from wearing a mouth mask.

 

The police officer believes it is essential that “everyone remains recognizable” and that “communication can take place smoothly”.

Billy Woods is a Marion County sheriff and doesn’t believe in the use of face masks.

The police officer sent an email to his 900 employees on Tuesday with the following message: “Anyone who is employed by me will no longer wear a mouth mask”.

Sheriff Woods said he was studying the use of a mouth mask. Woods concludes that wearing a mouth mask offers no added value. “Half of the experts find wearing a mouth mask unhelpful,” said the Marion County police officer.

Citizens who enter the police station are also prohibited from wearing a mouth mask.

The Marion County sheriff refers to the Black Lives Matter rallies against racism and police brutality to bolster his position: “Citizens must remain recognizable”.

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