A sheriff in Florida has ordered his deputies not to wear face masks, saying they inhibit communication with the public.

Marion County Sheriff Billy Woods announced in an email to staff this week he doesn’t want visitors to the sheriff’s office, or people who work there to wear masks, saying his approach thus far has been working.

“Since the beginning of this pandemic the operation of this office has not changed and no wearing of masks has been put in place,” Woods’ email stated. “With just at 900 employees, our number of cases so far has proven that the current way we are approaching the issue is working.”



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