Woman Charged After Refusing to Wear Mask or Leave Supervisors Meeting

A woman from Fredericksburg was issued a summons for trespassing at the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg on Tuesday night after refusing to put on a mask or leave.

Kerri Caldwell, 60, came to the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday night. Loudoun County requires all visitors to the building to wear masks; Caldwell refused to put on a mask. While visitors are typically permitted to cite a medical exemption, masks are required without exception during crowded board meetings, with people unwilling to wear a mask able to participate electronically.

According to witnesses, after being asked to put on a mask by County Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) and refusing to do so, and asked to leave by County Administrator Tim Hemstreet and refusing, she was issued a summons for trespassing.

It is apparently the first time that Loudoun Sheriff’s deputies have issued a charge stemming from an incident where a person refused to wear a mask. Currently there is no specific charge for refusing to wear a mask available to law enforcement; the trespassing charge stems from being asked to leave and refusing to do so. Hemstreet has the authority to ban people from the government center.

rgreene@loudounnow.com

3 thoughts on “Woman Charged After Refusing to Wear Mask or Leave Supervisors Meeting

  • 2020-09-02 at 5:01 pm
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    Why come all the way here from Fredericksburg? Is there not enough places NOT to wear a mask down there? I will never understand the nonsense of making public health measures in the first extremely serious global pandemic in a century political. Only in the America of today.

    • 2020-09-02 at 5:42 pm
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      Actually it’s not only in America. There are anti masks protests in many other countries that don’t have the polarized political climate we do.

  • 2020-09-06 at 12:20 pm
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    According to the Govs EO, only VDH has enforcement authority for the EO. She should have claimed medical exemption per Gov EO as well as said she had difficulty breathing, all must follow, even BOS in County’s Bldgs. Then if asked to leave sue County for violating EO and get some $.

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