What is the role of police in enforcing the state’s new face covering requirement?
The City of Goldsboro and the Goldsboro Police Department have provided some clarification on the topic to Goldsboro Daily News.
Under the governor’s executive orders, only businesses and organizations will be cited for failing to enforce the face covering requirement.
Law enforcement officers are not authorized to enforce the requirement against individuals.
However, if a person visits an establishment without a face covering and refuses to leave if asked to do so, those persons can be cited for trespassing.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office tells Goldsboro Daily News it is planning to follow the governor’s orders, and education is the first step to those orders.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced the new face covering requirement on Wednesday.