Written by Staff Writer – July 14, 2020
Cuyahoga County, Ohio which includes the city of Cleveland has taken Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s mask order too far. The county has created a mask hotline so neighbors can tattle on each other for not voluntarily wearing masks.
On July 8th, Gov. DeWine ordered that people living in seven counties must wear masks in public when they could not effectively social distance due to surging coronavirus cases. Cuyahoga county has decided to launch a hotline so you can report your neighbor for not wearing a mask. The county said you can snitch on them by either calling their hotline or reporting them online.
County Executive Armond Budish announced on Friday that (get ready for this), “This is not intended to be going out and finding people not wearing masks. We want people to wear their masks… We want people to do it voluntarily.”
The doublespeak here kills me, the whole purpose of this hotline is to find out who is not wearing a mask, otherwise what the heck is the point of it?
County workers will then contact the subject of the complaints — either individuals or businesses — to let them know a complaint has been filed, Budish said. Complaints also will be forwarded to the Board of Health, and the relevant city or village.
If the county receives repeated complaints or cases of “serious non-compliance,” the Sheriff’s Department could investigate or potentially file charges.
Local municipalities and police departments also could respond to violations however they see fit, which could include proactive policing, Budish said.
Should you fail to properly wear your mask and the county or the police feel like you need to be punished it is a second-degree misdemeanor, one could face up to 90 days in jail and fined $750.
So don’t worry, Health Commissioner Terry Allan said, the board will “work with people and give them time to understand and comply with the governor’s mandate.” However, if the Board of Health determines there efforts to reeducate you have failed they will reach out to local law enforcement to “address the problem.”