Orange County Sheriff Says Deputies Will Not Enforce Newsom’s Stay-At-Home Order

On Thursday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a limited stay-at-home order that would take effect on Saturday, Nov. 21 and remain in effect until Dec. 21. It would require gatherings, movement and non-essential work to stop between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. in California counties that are in the purple tier.

Orange County is one of the state’s 41 counties in the purple tier along with Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside and San Diego County.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department released a statement saying that its deputies will not be enforcing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order.

“Throughout the pandemic, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has taken an education-first approach with regard to the public health orders. We are currently assessing the action by the Governor. At this time, due to the need to have deputies available for emergency calls for service, deputies will not be responding to requests for face-coverings or social gatherings-only enforcement,” Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes said in the statement.

Newsom came under fire recently for breaking his own COVID-19 rules after photos surfaced of him maskless at a dinner party of 12.

News of the governor’s dinner party leaked just hours after Newsom pushed state guidelines requesting people to stay home and discouraging gatherings.

Newsom explained that the social gathering took place at an “outdoor restaurant.” However, photos obtained by Fox 11 in Los Angeles showed Newsom and the other attendees dining indoors in close proximity and without their masks. 

“I made a bad mistake,” Newsom said on Monday. “I should have stood up and drove back to my house. The spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted. I need to preach and practice, not just preach.”