In response to businesses opening, many people are struggling with the logistics and enforcement on our local levels. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald has addressed those questions for Barron County and issued the following:
As Sheriff, I understand that several businesses are opening
today and are asking questions regarding the position of the
Sheriff’s Department regarding enforcement of the Safer at Home
Order going forward.
We are taking the position that we will not be enforcing the
Safer at Home Order going forward without further clarification and
direction. It is frustrating and difficult to try to enforce an Order,
that is now over 60 days old, that has become a moving target based
on what the Governor decides to issue every other day without a
warning to the Counties who are charged with enforcing it, and with
a pending Supreme Court Decision that could and should have been
issued, to clear this matter up not only for law enforcement but for
everyone in the state.
Obviously this would be absent blatant violations of safety and distancing recommendations or mass gatherings. While I hope people continue to use common sense, as we have with this issue, and check with their insurance companies, licensing boards etc. and use all the recommendations to keep
themselves, employees and customers safe until better clarification
is given to us by the Supreme Court.