Posted: March 27, 2020
Folks, we would like to take an opportunity to address some rumors regarding COVID 19 pandemic and Governor Walz Executive Order #20-20.
As you are likely aware, this Stay at Home order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27th through April 10th.
State Border Closings: There are currently no plans to close state boarders under this directive. In our Tri-State area, we have many people who live in one state and work in another. You are free to go from one state to another for work if your employer has been deemed essential and to obtain medical services or other essential items.
Random Traffic Stops: The Sheriff’s Office will NOT be randomly stopping you to inquire your purpose in being out under this “Stay at Home” order. Just be aware that if you are stopped for another reason, you could be asked about your purpose.
It’s important to note that the “Stay at Home” Executive Order is not a government curfew. It allows folks to get necessary items and still enjoy some outdoor activities. Let’s also remember that its primary purpose is to slow the spread of the virus and not overwhelm our medical centers. Let’s all just use some common sense and if your need to leave your house could be put off for a couple of weeks, than that’s the right thing to do.
I want you to know that we are/will continue to serve our citizens. We have changed a few operational procedures in an effort to reduce direct contact with folks during this time when it is appropriate. Other than that, we will continue to assist you in any way we can.
Take Care…stay healthy….be safe.
Your Sheriff – Mark