Montana Sheriffs Will Not Enforce Governor's Mask Order
July 17th - A monumental victory for liberty as Montana Sheriffs state that they will not enforce Governor Bullock's mask directive, urging personal responsibility instead. They say their focus is on educating the public about the directives, not citing or arresting violators.
FR: Montana Sheriffs
RE: Personal Responsibility Required to Keep Vulnerable Citizens Safe and Montana's Economy Open
Sheriffs take and oath to support, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Montana. We will uphold out oath, protect public safety and respond to our shared constituency through open communication and educate as we continue to face the public health risks of COVID-19.
As leaders in your community and the elected officials who represent you and your constitutional rights, we want to ensure we are doing out part to protect the vulnerable citizens in our state while also keeping Montana open and our private sector business partners thriving.
We all value the rights afforded to us through the Constitution and the privileges we have as Montana citizens. In Order to keep moving forward, we all have to do our part. Personal responsibility is the only way we can keep our vulnerable citizens safe and our economy open. We will continue to focus our efforts on education and encourage citizens to make public health and safety relate decisions based on your own personal circumstances and exposure to and interaction with vulnerable populations. Washing your hands, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings and wearing masks are all ways to take personal responsibility.
The statewide order is a public health directive. The directive is not a mandate for law enforcement to issue citations and arrest violaters. As your locally elected Sheriffs, we will educate the public about the Governors mask directive. We urge you to take personal responsibility and be respectful of all Montana citizens.