Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes announced on Thursday that his department will no longer respond to calls over social gatherings and masks under Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent stay-at-home order.
Newsom issued a lockdown order scheduled to go into effect on Saturday night to combat the coronavirus. Responding to the announcement, Barnes stated that his department would not be responding rigorously to calls concerning masking or crowd sizes as the task force is already being stretched to its limits.
“Earlier today, the Orange County sheriff’s department became aware of a limited Stay at Home Order that Governor Newsom’s office ordered to go into effect on Saturday, November 21 at 10 PM,” Barnes said in a statement.