California sheriff tells Gov. Newsom he won’t criminalize business owners, residents during latest lockdown

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Obispo, CA -San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson today said he and his deputies have more important things to do with their time than to harass local residents and enforce Governor Gavin Newsom’s latest statewide lockdown measures.  Those new measures include limiting indoor gatherings and shutting down indoor dining.   Parkinson said his department will not proactively go out and enforce the Governor’s latest orders, but asked that residents comply with the order, but do not flaunt it.

“The Sheriff’s Office will continue its mission to focus on significant criminal matters,” Sheriff Parkinson said.  “Deputies will not be making traffic/pedestrian stops to determine the comings and goings of citizens during this time. We will not be responding to calls for service based solely on non-compliance with the new order.”

Parkinson said he hopes residents will do their best to keep their community safe during COVID-19 and for those who do go overboard, he and his deputies will act.

“The Sheriff’s Office will take appropriate action on large gatherings which flaunt the order,” he said. “Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office will continue its protocols, like we have with the business community, to ask for voluntary compliance when dealing with these matters and to protect people that are most vulnerable. The Sheriff’s Office will not jeopardize the safety of this community and criminalize people who are trying to preserve their mental, physical, and financial health.”