Florida Sheriff Bans Deputies and Visitors From Wearing Safety Masks as COVID-19 Sets Death Records
Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods banned his deputies from wearing safety masks at work and will not allow visitors to wear masks in the sheriff’s office while COVID-19 cases and deaths set new records in Florida.
The Ocala Star-Banner obtained an Aug. 11 email sent by Woods to his deputies, in which he dismissed the medical facts of the coronavirus:
We can debate and argue all day of why and why not. The fact is, the amount of professionals that give the reason why we should, I can find the exact same amount of professionals that say why we shouldn’t.
The Washington Post notes that most medical experts agree on COVID-19:
A majority of epidemiologists and other health experts say face masks and social distancing are key to slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has ravaged Florida. The state, which has recorded more than 542,000 cases and more than 8,600 deaths, added 277 more deaths on Tuesday; Marion County also set a record for daily deaths on Tuesday, with 13.
Deputies will be allowed to wear masks hospitals, and when dealing with people who are high-risk or suspected of having the coronavirus, which does not show symptoms in the early stages.
Ocala Police Chief Greg Graham told local radio station 97.3 FM on Aug. 10 that he would not enforce a mask rule (which would save lives in the city), reported the Ocala Star-Banner:
My chief and I have talked about it. We will never write a fine. We’re just not going to do it.