El Paso Co. Sheriff's Office explains enforcement of Governor Polis' orders

Posted at 4:15 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 18:16:44-04

EL PASO COUNTY — The El Paso County Sheriff's Office issued a release Tuesday to clarify how they will be enforcing the governor's Stay-at-Home Order and Bar and Restaurant Order.

The Sheriff's Office said they will be working with El Paso County Public Health to enforce the Stay-at-Home Order, which has now been extended to April 26.

When the El Paso County Communications Center fields a complaint from citizens regarding people violating the Stay-at-Home Order or businesses violating the Bar and Restaurant Order, the Sheriff's Office goal will be to:

1. Educate and gain voluntary compliance of these orders with the assistance of the El Paso County Health Department.

2. Ensure the individuals are given appropriate time to comply with the orders.

3. Deputies will only criminally charge as a last resort.

“We, as a community, all have the responsibility to take the steps necessary to protect our community from the devastating effects of COVID-19. By following these orders, we can make a significant difference in minimizing the risk of the spread of COVID-19 in El Paso County,” said Sheriff Bill Elder.

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