Leaders with the Elkhart Police Department and the City of Elkhart say they support the efforts of the governor and health officials during the coronavirus public health crisis.
In a news release sent to 95.3 MNC, the Elkhart Police Department says it will will look at violations of the mask law on a case-by-case basis and as emphasized by Governor Holcomb, will continue to prioritize education over enforcement. The statement say while they are unable to respond to every report of non-compliance, we will be tracking and monitoring these reports to identify any trends that could require intervention.
Officers of the Elkhart Police Department plan to lead by example and wear masks to protect the public and ourselves. They say they will remain mindful of members of the community to show respect and be tactful when addressing individuals not wearing a mask.
Businesses, organizations and individuals may refuse service or access to their property to those not wearing a mask. Refusal to leave a business, organization or individual’s property when asked could be viewed as trespassing, which is a crime.