Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood issues statement on Governor Newsom's new stay-at-home-order

Sheriff Donny Youngblood
Posted at 1:42 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 16:42:49-05

23ABC spoke with Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood to get more details on how his office might go about enforcing Governor Gavin Newsom's new stay-at home order. He said they encourage people to follow the order but leaves it at that.

"We are not going to go out and order people to go home. We are not going to issue citations," said Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood.

And when asked what should people do if they see others violating the order Youngblood said those calls should go back to the governor.

"They should call the governor's office. That's where the order came from. Certainly, like any other crime we still certainly write it down, put it on paper but that's not going to accomplish anything because I don't want to speak for the DA's office but I don't think she is going to prosecute it. Any of these cases. So we are going to be doing what important to the community and that's protecting the community."

However, on Friday morning Youngblood sent out a tweet asking the community to voluntarily follow the governor's orders.

Statement from Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood
If you don't need to be out after 10 o'clock at night, 5 o'clock in the morning, stay home. We're in a pandemic that's really escalating. We strongly recommend people to do that. But it's an individual's choice and responsible people do what they do.