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Sheriff: BCSO won’t enforce face mask order

Beaufort County Sheriff Ernie Coleman issued the following statement Thursday, regarding North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order mandating the wearing of face masks in public:
“The Governor’s executive order mandating the wearing of masks will not be enforced by the members of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. However, if an individual feels uncomfortable going into an environment where sanitation and social distancing cannot be maintained, by all means use sanitizer and/or wear a mask. Also, common sense should dictate that if you feel ANY symptoms you should wear a mask for the protection of others or better yet stay home.”