Madras Police chief weighs in on mask use
After Gov. Kate Brown ordered the wearing of masks in all public spaces, Madras Police Chief Tanner Stanfill released the following statement:
"In regards the governor's recommendation/order that people wear facial coverings in indoor public spaces, the Madras Police Department will continue to educate at this time. I believe the messaging that needs to occur is very simple for business/property owners, and it is an old one: 'No shirt, no shoes, no service.' For now it should be 'no shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service.' If a customer/guest refuses to abide by the facial covering rule or any other rule, then the business/property owner or their designee can tell that person or persons to leave. If they refuse to leave, then they are committing the act of trespass, and Madras P.D. will respond and take action, which may include a criminal citation to appear for the crime of Trespass or an arrest for the crime of Trespass. In many cases property owners and businesses reserve the right to refuse service to anyone and have the ability to order anyone from their property. We have and will continue to assist any business that requests assistance. I would ask everyone to show respect and consideration for all these businesses/property owners who are in a difficult position."
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