Sheriffs Rejects Newsom’s Lockdown, Won’t ‘Penalize Residents for Earning a Livelihood’

by Penka Arsova
LaCorte News

Two California sheriffs announced this week that their departments would not be enforcing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new lockdown order.

Newsom’s regional stay-at-home order is set to take effect on Sunday in the southern part of the state. It bans indoor dining at restaurants, forces the closure of bars and hair salons, and prohibits any gathering with people outside of the household. The governor said these measures will be implemented once an area falls below 15% intensive care unit-capacity in hospitals.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes posted his statement on Twitter.

“Compliance with health orders is a matter of personal responsibility and not a matter of law enforcement,” the statement says. “The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will remain consistent in our approach.”

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