OC, LA County Sheriff's give responses to Gov. Newsom's new Stay-at-Home order


Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a curfew stay-at-home order for those counties in the purple tier Thursday afternoon.

The purple tier, or most restrictive tier, includes LA County and now Orange County which slid back due to the spread of coronavirus. The curfew would be 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and begin Saturday.

Now it seems as though sheriffs from across Southern California are responding to the new order.

Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes tells KNX 1070 News his department will use an educational approach and seek voluntary compliance from OC residents -- as it did since the beginning of the pandemic. He says the deputies will not be enforcing the stay-at-home order specifically requests for face coverings or social gatherings-only enforcement.

"I believe this has some constitutional issues in the enforcement of them. But we are not taking any specific action to not wearing masks or large social gatherings. I believe that's not a function of law enforcement," Barnes says.

Sheriff Barnes also says there's no scientific proof that enforcing a curfew will help limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Orange County is one of the counties that had to slide back into the purple tier in the State's COVID-19 monitoring system along with Ventura County.

The Ventura County Sheriff's Office also released a statement saying it will not actively enforce the curfew order.

Meanwhile LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said on Twitter Thursday, "We are aware of the limited Stay at Home Order issued by the Governor today. Since the first Stay at Home Order was issued in March of this year, we have focused on education and voluntary compliance, with criminal enforcement measures being an extreme last resort. We trust in the community and rely on people to assess risk and take precautions as appropriate."

Elsewhere in the Bay Area, the Sacramento sheriff said he would not enforce the curfew.