by K. Walker
This Sheriff says that masks are keeping law enforcement officers from effectively doing their jobs so he’s banning them.
Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods is of the opinion that officers who respond to a call for service need to ensure that their orders are clearly heard and a mask inhibits that clarity.
He’s not wrong.
In an email to staff obtained by the Ocala Star Banner, Sheriff Woods made his position on mask-wearing pretty clear–it’s not gonna happen while officers are on duty or representing the Sheriff’s Office.
This comes just after the city of Ocala issued an ordinance requiring face coverings inside of businesses.
As the city of Ocala wrestles with an ordinance requiring face coverings for people inside businesses, Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods told his employees they will not wear masks at work and visitors to his office can’t wear masks either.
Woods, in an email dated Aug. 11, said “my order will stand as is when you are on-duty/working as my employee and representing my Office – masks will not be worn.”
Ocala City Council passed an emergency ordinance last week requiring people to wear masks inside businesses. Mayor Kent Guinn vetoed it Monday and the council will meet Wednesday to consider overriding the veto.
Sheriff Woods has allowed some exemptions, however. When officers are attending court, jail, schools, or hospitals they can request an exemption. Read the rest HERE.