California Sheriff Backtracks on Threat to Arrest or Fine People for Failing to Wear Mask

Riverside Sheriff Chad Bianco, Youtube
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Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said that everyone must cover their faces when they are outside their homes, and that the order is enforceable by fine, imprisonment, or both. But then he stated that his office was not establishing a police state nor has martial law had been invoked.

Authorities in San Diego County and Los Angeles County fined people last weekend, April 2-5, for not complying with stay-home orders.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s announcement that his deputies would roll up anyone seen without a face mask must have sent more than a few people to the dictionary to look up “police state” or “martial law.”

But have no fear. Sheriff Chad Bianco assured viewers of his recorded message (see below) on this “valid order … enforceable by fine, imprisonment, or both,” that he was not establishing a police state nor has martial law had been invoked.

Oh. Thanks for clearing that up.

“…I need to make it perfectly clear to all residents of Riverside County. We will not be setting up any kind of police state and this is not a declaration of martial law in Riverside County. Deputies will not be stopping vehicles or setting up checkpoints for motorists. We will not be stopping you while on a walk with your kids or while you’re out running or hiking. You will not be stopped and ticketed simply because you’re not wearing a mask. The purpose of this order and the [Health Department] doctor’s intent, is to stop or slow the spread of COVID-19.”

The sheriff went on to explain that otherwise healthy people can transmit the highly contagious disease to more vulnerable people.

KTLA says it’s the healthy people who need to change their behavior:

“While more and more Riverside County residents are getting COVID-19, not everybody’s getting the message,” county Public Health Director Dr. Cameron Kaiser said in a statement Saturday. “It started with staying home, social distance and covering your face. But now we change from saying that you should to saying that you must.”

Riverside County, California’s fourth most populous county, has been particularly hard hit by COVID-19. A nursing home full of COVID-19 patients had to be evacuated Wednesday after employees failed to show up for two straight days to take care of them. Two sheriffs deputies have died of the disease.

The order to wear masks is in effect until April 30.

Models of real-time numbers show California’s coronavirus cases to be fewer than projected as well as the need for ventilators and hospital rooms. But that’s with people observing social distancing rules.

KTLA says the sheriff says he doesn’t want anyone snitching on people by calling 9-1-1.

“While this order does have potential criminal and civil consequences, that is the last thing I want to happen while we deal with this crisis,” he said.

“The next two or three weeks are going to be very trying times for your first responders and our medical personnel,” he said.

As of Monday, nearly 950 cases had been confirmed in the county. A total of 25 people had died from the disease, while another 60 had fully recovered.

Read full article here…

Additional sources:

San Diego Police Issue Citations to People Parked in Their Cars Near the Beach For Violating ‘Social Distancing’ Order (VIDEO)

California County Closes ALL Golf Courses, Whether Public or PRIVATE Until June 19 Due to Coronavirus – Violators Face Prison and or Hefty Fines

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2 years ago

I am healthy – I have an iron-clad immune system so I am NOT going to get sick, period. Therefore, I am NOT going to wear a stupid, do-nothing face mask. Masks are only effective against this virus if it is measured and fitted to your face, like the ones the medical people are getting, face shield and all, according to some health pros I’ve heard from, including our doctor neighbor across the street. I will NOT pay a fine, I will NOT go to jail (they’re releasing criminals right now, they’re NOT going to throw me in). These draconian… Read more »

Boomer Lady
Boomer Lady
2 years ago

Please explain how one with the virus who shows no symptoms (cough or sneeze or fever) can infect others? Infection comes from coughing or sneezing on others or on surfaces. If others aren’t coughed or sneezed on and they are washing their hands regularly and aren’t touching their face, they can’t catch the virus.