Local Law Enforcement Ask for Cooperation with Governor’s Stay Home Order
TJ Leverentz | Mar 26, 2020 AT 12:40 pm
(KWNO) The Winona County Sheriff’s Office and Winona Police Department are asking citizens to follow Gov. Tim Walz’s stay home order.
“It looks like things are going fairly well and to help us keep the communities safe we ask that people continue to do what they’re doing,” said Winona Police Chief Paul Bostrack.
The Governor’s order asks Minnesotans to stay home unless it’s for essential work or travel. Winona Fire Chief and Emergency Coordinator Curt Bittle says the order does not mean Winonans can’t leave their homes, be outside or cross state lines for essential travel.
Bostrack called it a broad order but said the possibility exists that someone in clear violation of the order would be cited or arrested if appropriate.
“It would have to be a pretty egregious violation for us to take action,” said Winona County Sheriff Chief Deputy Jeff Mueller.
Event hough the order has penalties, Walz says the goal is educate people, not to write tickets.
Both the agencies are fully staffed for patrols and administrative work, with contingency plans in place if personnel become sick. Walz’s executive order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday and expires on April 10.