Sheriff Lutz: Enforcing “Stay at Home” Order

COVID-19 Local News

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – On Monday, a “Stay at Home” Order was put in place by Governor Mike DeWine and Dr. Amy Acton.

The order was put in place Monday at 11:59 p.m. to deter people from leaving their homes. DeWine says it’s up to law enforcement and local health departments to ensure people are taking the order seriously.

Sheriff Matt Lutz says calls made in regard to the order will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

“Law enforcement, health department, prosecutor’s office. Nobody’s going to be able to give you a blanket cover, blanket cover answer for everything. There’s gonna be little things that are different. The last thing that we’re going to do is get into determining what are essential or non essential employees for business owners because we don’t know their business.”

He says deputies may ask people who are stopped about where they are going.

“One of the big perceptions was, or questions was, are we going to be doing random stops to find out why you’re out? No, that is not going to happen. Our deputies have been instructed — we’re going out on our patrols, we’re trying to, you know, make sure we’re being proactive and being seen in the community. If you’re in an accident or if you get stopped for a valid reason, then, you know, the deputies may enquire about where you’re going or what you’re doing. We just want people to be safe.”

Sheriff Matt Lutz says being in the public as a group and not practicing social distancing could result in a second-degree misdemeanor.

“If we get a complaint, we are going to follow up on it. We’re gonna follow up on it and we’re gonna do probably a report on that. You know, there are codes that you could be charged a second-degree misdemeanor. Which is a fairly serious offense. So there are — there are end results that we really don’t want to pursue but if somebody wants to, you know, truly violate these orders, and truly cause problems then there are charges that could be filed.”

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