BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood released a video message Tuesday saying that, given the governor's latest regional stay-at-home order, KCSO will not be taking it upon themselves to enforce the orders.
In his message, Sheriff Youngblood said he encourages residents to do their part to lessen the spread of COVID-19 by staying home, socially distancing, and washing hands. He said that he will do his part, but will not be "making criminals out of good citizens."
Kern County falls within the San Joaquin Valley which is under a stay-at-home order due to the governor's plan. Regional stay-at-home orders are placed on regions when ICU capacity within the region falls below 15%.
According to the state, the SJV's ICU capacity is at 5.6% as of Tuesday. A regional stay-at-home order took effect on Sunday.
Residents can expect outdoor dining to come to a halt, retail stores will be reduced from 25% to 20% capacity and the closure of all barbershops, bars, breweries, casinos and indoor and outdoor playgrounds will also take place.