By Anica Padilla

WELD COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) — The Weld County sheriff’s office is clarifying its stance on the mask mandate. The sheriff’s office says it will not issue fines or arrest people for not wearing a mask — but deputies will arrest those who refuse to leave a business or fight with an employee.

The sheriff’s office stated, in part: “Weld County businesses are required to adhere to the face mask mandate or run the risk of losing their license, which is issued and controlled by the state.”

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“We are asking residents, regardless of how they feel about wearing a face mask, to give their local business owners a break and comply with the order when shopping in their stores. It’s not their fault the mask mandate was issued,” the sheriff’s office stated.

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Young woman with face mask using mobile phone and buying groceries in the supermarket during virus pandemic.

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“Anyone who fights with a business owner or an employee, refuses to leave a business when asked or in some other way causes an unlawful disturbance will be arrested.”

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Weld County said businesses that do not comply with the order can lose their license.

Anica Padilla