Orange County Sheriff suggests he won’t enforce Newsom’s new orders

Thursday, Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes suggested he does not have the bandwidth to respond to requests to enforce Governor Newsom’s orders on masks and social gatherings.

Newsom has issued a stay-at-home order starting on Saturday until December 21. The “curfew” order is designed to curb activity from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m

Barnes issued a statement on Twitter:

Earlier today, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department became aware of a limited Stay at Home Order that Governor Newsom’s office ordered to go into effect on Saturday, November 21 at 10 PM.

Throughout the pandemic, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has taken an education-first approach with regard to the public health orders.

We are currently assessing the action by the Governor.

At this time, due to the need to have deputies available or emergency calls for service, deputies will not be responding to requests for face-coverings or social gatherings-only enforcement.

Newsom tweeted Thursday:

Due to the rise in #COVID19 cases, CA is issuing a limited Stay at Home Order. Non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10pm-5am in counties in the purple tier. This will take effect at 10pm on Saturday and remain for 1 month. Together–we can flatten the curve again.

He added in a separate tweet:

REMINDER: CA, you are now REQUIRED to wear a mask in public spaces.

We’re seeing too many people with faces uncovered. Wearing a face covering is critical for keeping people safe and healthy, keeping businesses open and getting people back to work.

Do your part. Wear your mask.

This comes just days after Newsom attended a dinner himself where he violated his own social distancing guidelines.

Newsom admitted fault and later apologized.