Arkansas governor: Deferring to local police on mask order

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In this Monday, April 27, 2020 photo, Gov. Asa Hutchinson takes off his Arkansas Razorbacks facemark as he arrives for the daily coronavirus briefing at the state Capitol in Little Rock. (Staton Breidenthal/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP)


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas’ governor says he’s deferring to local police and county sheriff’s departments on how they’ll enforce a new order requiring people to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Some sheriffs and police departments in the state said Friday they don’t plan to ticket people for violating the order requiring masks in public when social distancing isn’t possible. Hutchinson on Thursday signed the order, which takes effect on Monday. Violators face up to a $500 fine but no jail time under the new requirement. Some sheriffs say they don’t have the manpower to enforce it.