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Dubuque Police Department begins to enforce mask mandate ordinance

Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 10:03 PM CDT
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DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) - Some people in Dubuque are completely against the mask mandate ordinance that the city council passed last week.

One of those people is Joe Daack.

”I do not believe anybody should be forced to do anything; this is America,” Daack said. “We have freedom of choice and, being a Christian, I believe in free will, that God gave us free will.”

He thinks it is an overreaction.

”Bio-research and everything else cannot contain it, but I guess this mask idea will, so Godspeed,” Daack commented.

Daack said he does not see how the police department would enforce this.

”I think it is unenforceable,” Daack said. “The police have more important issues to focus on.”

The Dubuque Police Department started enforcing the mask mandate this week. To avoid getting a $10 ticket, people have to wear a face covering at indoor public places and outside if social distancing is not possible.

Lieutenant Ted McClimon said complaint calls will come into dispatch.

“Then an officer will be dispatched to the complaint and, just like any other call for service, we will meet with the people involved and encourage the mask to be worn,” McClimon said.

As of now, the department has only responded to eight complaints and a dispatch. They have not issued any citations.

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