Fresno County Sheriff says department will not enforce California's COVID-19 curfew



Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims says her department will not be enforcing California's newly issued overnight curfew.

On Thursday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced a limited stay-at-home order for counties in the purple tier of the state's reopening plan.

The virus is spreading at a pace we haven’t seen since the start of this pandemic and the next several days and weeks will be critical to stop the surge. We are sounding the alarm,” said Governor Newsom. “It is crucial that we act to decrease transmission and slow hospitalizations before the death count surges. We’ve done it before and we must do it again.”

In an attempt to slow the virus, the order requires that all non-essential work stop between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. every Saturday until December 21st, 2020.




Following Governor Newsom's announcement, Sheriff Margaret Mims held a briefing to share her thoughts on the order.

During the briefing, Sheriff Mims announced Fresno County Sheriff's deputies will not be enforcing the governor's curfew.

"I haven't seen any data for instance that shows that between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., that things happen that cause a big spread of COVID," said Sheriff Margaret Mims.

Sheriff Mims says the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal EOS) says Governor Newsom does not have any expectation from local law enforcement to follow the order.


Full media briefing with Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims on Thursday, November 19th, 2020. Sheriff's Mims discussed what approach her department will be taking to Governor Newsom's newly issued limited stay-at-home order.{ }

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Instead of enforcing the curfew, Sheriff Mims says the Fresno County Sheriff's Office will continue to focus on preventing crime throughout the county.

"We've got a lot of things to do, including taking guns away from gang members, stopping narcotic trafficking, and saving children from internet predators," said Sheriff Mims.

She says the department will not be conducting any check points, or pulling over cars to see people are actually out on essential business.

FOX26 News also reached out to other law enforcement agencies.

Merced County Sheriff's Deputy Daryll Allen told FOX26, "“We will not be enforcing it. We’re doing the same thing we’ve always done.”

Madera Police Chief Dino Lawson told us, "We’re gonna continue to do our law enforcement responsibilities to protect the community. We’re enforcing it through education and try to encourage compliance.”



Visalia Police Sergeant Celeste Sanchez said, "We’re going to continue to provide service and safety to our community through our normal duties and responsibilities. We’re going to continue to educate and encourage voluntary compliance of all public health orders."

Kings County Sheriff's Commander David Dodd said, "We're not going to enforce any of those orders. The Kings County Board of Supervisors has asked us to take an educational approach. We're going to refer people to the written guidelines to prevent the spread."





Fresno County Sheriff says department will not enforce California's COVID-19 curfew Fresno County Sheriff says department will not enforce California's COVID-19 curfew Reviewed by Anson Moore on November 22, 2020 Rating: 5

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