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Law agencies say they aren’t enforcing stay-at-home order

Stay aat home order

CHUBBUCK, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - On the guidance of Southeastern Idaho Public Health (SIPH), complaints about businesses or groups not complying with the order will first be sent to SIPH. SIPH’s experts will contact the business or group to educate them on the order and the importance of following the order and to answer any questions they may have.

Both SIPH and the City of Pocatello are expecting Pocatellans to comply voluntarily with the order.

If non-compliance continues, SIPH will work with officers from the Pocatello Police Department to address the situation. Under Governor Little’s order, those who refuse to comply with order can be charged with a misdemeanor.

The Pocatello Police Department is not stopping people without cause on their travels or while they are out. The department has not setup checkpoints and is not asking for essential employee documentation from citizens. Law enforcement is not preventing citizens from entering or leaving the city for essential travel.

Chubbuck Police Chief Bill Guiberson says he has no intention of carrying out enforcement of Governor Brad Little's "stay-at-home" order.

In a statement issued Wednesday, Guiberson said he believes Chubbuck residents have been doing their part.

"Our officers are not going to be doing neighborhood checks, asking why people are out and where they are going," said Guiberson. "You will also not be asked to demonstrate that your activities are essential, and we understand that many of you in our community perform essential functions on a daily basis. The goal here is to raise awareness and to stay home if you don’t need to be out.

"The Chubbuck Police Department will not issue citations, or make arrests pertaining to this order, we view or role as one of education, and educating people on how to keep their family’s safe and more importantly to keep the community safe, especially the vulnerable and elderly."

Oher law enforcement agencies are echoing that concern. The Madison County Sheriff's Office said the Governor has not asked local law agencies to enforce the order and are asking the public not to call dispatch with questions about COVID-19 or the stay-at-home order.

"I want to assure people that the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office is not going to be stopping people for driving down the road. If you need to drive to the store or doctor’s office that is just fine. If you want to take a walk that is fine also. We are going to make sure that people are not gathering in large groups," said Bingham County Sheriff Craig T. Rowland. "Please do not call dispatch and ask them if you can do something."

Idaho Falls Police also issued a statement urging people to use the 911 line only for emergency calls. "We need to keep those lines open for Police, EMS and Fire emergencies, and our dispatchers do not have any additional information regarding your individual work situations."

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  1. My best guess is Governor Little is simply at a loss regarding what to DO about this virus/panic. There is virtually NOTHING that will be closed today that was NOT closed yesterday PRIOR to his ‘order’. “Essential” will soon be THE most overused word in our language.
    Tough news, guy? There is only ONE thing that can counteract the panic FROM the virus. Us! “We” are creating an ever-widening sense of despair through “our” fear.
    Aided by the ‘news’ media, “we’ are aiding the dissolving of society and worsening a panic-driven situation. Maybe you honestly CAN’T help but be terrified of what WILL happen. If so, PLEASE don’t help to spread it!
    The United States has a very efficient ‘supply system’ which is strong enough to weather a few weeks of panic-driven purchasing/hoarding. Let’s NOT see how far it can GO by exacerbating an existing situation.
    Note: My entire adult life I have (1) been a smart-*** and (2) disliked stupid people. There is NO sarcasm or cynicism in today’s comment! Stop worsening an already bad situation. PLEASE! 😉

  2. By law, there is nothing Little Gov can do. Sure a cop could arrest you, but a court following the constitution would have to let you go. So I actually applaud the agencies that say nothing will be done. Would actually love to be hassled by the police at 4AM when walking the dogs. However, only intervention I get is on occasion a sheriff will stop and say hello or politely as if everything is ok. NO PROBLEM WITH THAT AT ALL.

    As for you being a smart** and dislike of stupid people, I agree, but need to add, “the more people I meet the more I like my dogs.”

    After being a fed for way too many years, I have come to conclude that the majority of humans I meet are not worth the air they are breathing.

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