As private businesses around the community choose to enforce certain standards for admission to their locations, the City of Rawlins and the Rawlins Police Department would like to remind business owners and community members of our role in private locations.
Just as businesses in the past have been able to request assistance when an individual is not following a store policy, such as “no shirt, no shoes, no service,” businesses can now choose to require masks or other health precautions inside their locations. These mask policies would be created by a private individual or corporation, and are currently not in place by either the State of Wyoming, Carbon County or City of Rawlins.
If a business has asked an individual to leave, and they refuse, the Rawlins Police Department may be called to investigate criminal trespass complaints. These may result in a request to vacate the private property, a citation being issued, a trespass order being issued, and/or an arrest in some instances. The Rawlins Police Department may also be called to respond to other complaints which may arise, such as allegations of assault, battery or breach of peace.
Rawlins Police Department’s Chief Palmer stated “From a law enforcement standpoint, we, the RPD, have no jurisdiction over individual private entities’ policies or procedures on how they conduct business. Specifically pertaining to the mask requirement, we have no authority as the City of Rawlins or even the Rawlins Police Department to enforce any store policies on that."
Rawlins Police Department may be called for enforcement pursuant to Rawlins Municipal Code Section 9.12.050 Criminal Trespass when a business has refused to provide service to those who are not in compliance with their private policies and procedures
For more information, please contact Mira Miller, City of Rawlins Community Relations Coordinator, at 307-328-4500 ext. 1022.