Indiana’s Mask Mandate Begins Monday But How Will It Be Enforced?

Rob Hart
July 26, 2020 - 2:05 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Indiana's face mask mandate takes effect Monday but it seems that enforcing it is another story. 
Gov. Eric Holcomb signed the statewide mandate on Friday in order to slow the increasing COVID-19 cases in Indiana. The executive order, which runs through August 26, will apply to anyone ages 8 and older in any indoor public or business areas and at outdoor public spaces when sufficient distancing can’t be maintained.
The Indianapolis Star reported the original mandate had a criminal penalty attached to it where violations would be considered a Class B misdemeanor.
After pressure from fellow Republicans, Holcomb left it up to health departments to enforce the order through education.

The Indianapolis Star also reported that several police departments said they have no plans to enforce the mask mandate and will leave it to local health departments to conduct a public information campaign.

“We really don’t have an active plan, I guess you could say, to actually enforce it,” William Young, public information officer for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, told the Indianapolis Star. 

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