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(WKOW) -- Several law enforcement authorities in southern Wisconsin have announced they will not enforce the statewide mask order announced Thursday by Gov. Tony Evers.

According to the order, violations can result in a civil forfeiture up to $200.

ADAMS COUNTY
The Adams County Sheriff’s Office will not be investigating violations of the Governor's Emergency Order requiring face coverings, according to a social media post from Sheriff Brent York.

"The Sheriff’s Office will not play politics with its citizens. We should all take the basic precautions to keep each other safe while respecting each other as well." York wrote.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office will not be investigating violations of the Governor's Emergency Order requiring “face...

Posted by Adams County Sheriff's Office on Friday, 31 July 2020

COLUMBIA COUNTY
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will not be responding to complaints of anyone violating the Governor's Emergency Order requiring face coverings, according to a social media post from Sheriff Roger Brandner.

"The Sheriff’s Office will not play politics with its citizens. We should all take the basic precautions to keep each other safe while respecting each other as well." Brandner wrote.

Yesterday, Governor Evers issued Executive Order #82 and Emergency Order #1 mandating the use of face coverings for all...

Posted by Columbia County Sheriff's Office WI on Friday, 31 July 2020

DODGE COUNTY
Sheriff Dale Schmidt said in a Facebook post that because of the legal difficulties with this order, the limited staffing they have available to enforce the mandate and the governor’s direction that the public should do nothing if they see someone not wearing a mask, Schmidt is asking that residents do not contact the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office to report incidents where someone is not wearing a mask.

"Dodge County Sheriff’s Deputies will not be responding to or investigating these incidents," he said.

GRANT COUNTY
In a Facebook post, Sheriff Nate Dreckman says his office does not have the resources to enforce the ban.

"As the Sheriff, I am granted broad discretion in the enforcement of laws and will not take any action on this order as the Sheriff’s Office doesn’t have the resources, nor is it clear who has actual enforcement power," he wrote.

This statement is not to negate the validity of the use of masks to curb the spread of COVID-19, so please do your part...

Posted by Grant County Sheriff's Office, WI on Thursday, 30 July 2020

GREEN COUNTY
District Attorney Craig R. Nolen said in a news release Thursday that his office will not prosecute people who are not complying with the mandate.

Nolen said the order was issued, "without lawful authority."

Press Release on Executive Order 82. For clarification, this concerns only the decision of the Green County District...

Posted by Craig Nolen for District Attorney on Thursday, 30 July 2020

LAFAYETTE COUNTY
Sheriff Reg Gill posted to the department's Facebook page that people should not call the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center with mask complaints.

"Sheriff’s Deputies will not be responding to this type of complaint unless other circumstances require a law enforcement response," he wrote.

Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Response to Mask MandateThe Dodge County Sheriff’s Office has seen the press release...

Posted by Dodge County Sheriff's Office on Thursday, 30 July 2020

LAKE DELTON
Police chief Daniel Hardman says after reviewing the governor's order and consulting with the local district attorney's office, it is clear concerns or complaints should not be directed to the Lake Delton Police Department, according to a post on the department's Facebook page.

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN
Chief of Police Kyle Teynor posted to his department's Facebook page, "The Prairie du Chien Police Department will not be the enforcement agency to handle complaints of violations of Governor Ever's order."

"Please do not call the Prairie du Chien Police Department. Our Officers will not be responding to this type of complaint unless other circumstances require a law enforcement response," Teynor wrote.

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