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Abilene Police have issued zero mask mandate citations

According to Law Enforcement officials, officers are required to issue a warning before giving a citation for non-compliance

ABILENE, Texas — According to Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge, APD is not seeking out those who are not complying with Governor Abbott's GA-29 Order.

The order requires those who live in a county with twenty or more positive cases of COVID-19 to wear a face mask while in public.

Rick Tomlin, Public Information Officer for APD says although they haven't issued any citations since the order went into effect July 3rd they are receiving complaints to the dispatch center.

"When we show up and see one isn't wearing a mask, the first thing we do is give a  warning and ask for voluntary compliance," says Tomlin.

According to law enforcement officials, the citation is a class 'C' misdemeanor with a fine not to exceed $250.

"There are some serious crimes taking place in the community.. And that's where our focus should be.. Not that this isn't important but it would help a long way with what the state of Texas needs us all to do" says Tomlin.