FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Businesses and government offices in Allen County tell us they're standing firm on their mask requirements even though the governor decided not to include criminal penalties.
"When the governor announced on Wednesday that he was going to implement a mask mandate, since then we've had discussions with the Mayor's office, the [Allen County] health department, with law enforcement and we're all working collaboratively where we want this to be where people take it upon themselves to do the right thing," Fort Wayne spokesperson John Perlich said.
Governor Eric Holcomb announced the mandate as cases begin to curve up.
Indiana reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases in one day for the first time ever.
Perlich said there aren't actual repercussions for not wearing one except putting you and another person at risk.
"This shouldn't really change things for us locally. Our police department was not actively seeking out people who are not masked. What we're looking for is compliance with the governor's order," Perlich explained.
Megan Hubartt with the Allen County Health Department said this order comes after they learned of their enforcement role, and they will have to discuss what to do internally.
You can view the executive order below.