VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) — Local government, local law enforcement and the Indiana State Police Department met to discuss how Governor Holcomb’s stay-at-home order impacts people in the Tri-State.
“I’d like to start off by saying, we’re all going to be okay,” said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter.
“What we are telling the residents is that we are asking for voluntary compliance for the Governor’s emergency order,” said Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding.
Under the order, state and local law enforcement will work together to combat the spread of COVID-19.
“Law enforcement here, we are not going to be stopping people randomly. We’ll be looking for people egregiously violating the order by the Governor and if you are doing something so egregious you may be cited and/or arrested for violating the order,” said Wedding.
Under the stay-at-home order issued by Governor Holcomb, people should only travel when necessary. This includes traveling to-and-from work at an essential business, picking up vital supplies, seeking medical care or for court ordered travel.
“While law enforcement officers have enormous powers afforded to them by our constitution and state statutes,we must and we will use discretion with any enforcement during this unprecedented time,” said Carter.
According to a post by Indiana State Trooper Sgt. Todd Ringle, those caught violating the order and who refuse to comply could be charged with a Class B Misdemeanor. Law enforcement will also be keeping a closer eye on restaurant and bar operations to ensure they’re not allowing dine-in customers.
“We are being more vigilant so if they’ve said to shut down, you should be shut down. We’ll be monitoring restaurants and bars to ensure if they’re not supposed to have inside dining and inside service, that they’re abiding by that rule,” said Wedding.
“We all are seeing that our citizens are afraid, are confused and are wondering about their future, just like us. This common sense approach simply requires each Hoosier to do what you already know you should,” said Carter.
“We are begging people to stay put when you can and let’s try to control the spread of this virus,” said Wedding.
City and county officials also extended the local coronavirus emergency declaration to midnight on April 6th, which is the same date Governor Holcomb’s executive order is set to end.
(This story was originally published on March 24, 2020)