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A neighboring county has said that they will take no actions to enforce Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order, requiring most Texans to wear face coverings in public.

The Montgomery County officials are prohibiting local law enforcement from “detaining, arresting or confining to jail, as a means to enforce the order,” which strips away the tools to enforce the compliance with Abbott's order. 

Officials said the governor’s order violates the “civil liabilities” of residents, as “stopping someone for a face covering related issue could be construed or misconstrued as a detention. Additionally, holding someone for the purpose of issuing a citation related to a fine is a legally defined detention under current Texas law.”

Montgomery County officials say that reported violations of the governor’s order will only be dispatched if the reportee is an authorized supervisory representative of a business or property and is “reporting that a person is refusing to leave the property after receiving notice to leave and a disturbance is occurring.”

Officials said deputies arriving at these types of calls will follow the normal established procedures.

“We are in a public health crisis and we will use this opportunity to educate our community while still respecting individual liberties,” Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said in the release. “Let’s work together to ensure Montgomery County remains a safe place to live and work. We encourage all citizens to take reasonable precautions in their own life to mitigate possible exposure by following all Health Department guidelines.”