Sheriff issues statement on purple tier curfew

California’s Public Health Officer, Dr. Erica S. Pan, issued a Limited Stay at Home Order on Nov. 19, which took effect at 10 p.m. Nov. 21 and will remain in effect until 5 a..m. Dec. 21. The order provides that non-essential work, movement and gatherings are prohibited between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in counties within the purple tier.

The state placed Plumas into the purple tier today, Nov. 28, with the regulations taking effect tomorrow Nov. 29.

The order states that for those in the purple tier, “all gatherings with members of other households and all activities conducted outside the residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation with members of other households cease between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. PST, except for those activities associated with the operation, maintenance, or usage of critical infrastructure or required by law.”

This order does not apply to persons experiencing homelessness. Nothing in this order prevents any number of persons from the same household from leaving their residence, lodging, or temporary accommodation, as long as they do not engage in any interaction with (or otherwise gather with) any number of persons from any other household, except as specifically permitted.

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Plumas County Sheriff Todd Johns made the following statement regarding enforcement of the order:

“There has been considerable speculation and rumoring regarding the restrictions imposed by the order, including the extent to which the Sheriff’s Office will enforce this order.

“As the Sheriff of Plumas County, I want to assure you that the basic laws which protect our freedomsare inviolable and this Office will not be formally involved in this order’s enforcement. Simply put, deputies will not be checking on homes and stopping vehicles to ensure compliance with this order.

“I continue to ask that the members of our community take personal responsibility for their health and well-being and do all they can to help protect the same of other members of our community. I cannot overstate the importance of voluntary compliance with common-sense measures, such as social distancing, the use of face-coverings where appropriate, proper hygiene, staying at home when sick and other related health recommendations.”

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