In a new statement issued Saturday, Orange County Sheriff said his department will not be enforcing Governor Newsom’s lockdown order that is set to take effect Sunday.
In his statement, Barnes says “Compliance with health orders is a matter of personal responsibility and not a matter of law enforcement.
He adds “The Orange County Sheriff’s Department will remain consistent in our approach.”
Please see my statement regarding Southern California being placed under the Governor’s regional stay-at-home order. pic.twitter.com/lgvvHGnasp
— OC Sheriff Don Barnes (@OCSheriffBarnes) December 5, 2020
This comes after Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva made a similar statement.
“I want to stay away from businesses that are trying to comply, they bent over backwards to modify their operations to conform to these orders and then they have the rug yanked out from under them, that’s a disservice, I don’t want to make them more miserable,” Sheriff Villanueva told Fox affiliate, KTTV-TV.
Sheriff Villanueva: "I want to stay away from business that are trying to comply, they bent over backwards to modify their operations to conform to these orders and then they have the rug yanked out from under them, that's a disservice, I don't want to make them more miserable."
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) December 4, 2020
Riverside County, California Sheriff Chad Bianco also blasted Newsom’s order.
“These closures and stay-at-home orders are flat out ridiculous,” Bianco said in a YouTube video he posted.