Chesterfield police say they won't enforce St. Louis County health orders

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CHESTERFIELD, Mo (KMOX) - The police department of one of St. Louis County's largest municipalities announced it will not enforce the County's public health orders or orders from St. Louis County Executive Sam Page. They say they are "committed to supporting our restaurants and businesses" amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

A statement released on Wednesday by the Chesterfield Police Department explains that the Chesterfield City Council has approved an ordinance to relax certain zoning restrictions so that businesses can "adapt to changing conditions due to the pandemic."

"The Chesterfield Police Department has no statutory authority to enforce St. Louis County Health or the St. Louis County Executive orders, nor do we intend to do so," the statement reads. "Any violations of these orders should be reported to the St. Louis County Department of Health via their online complaint portal."

Mayor Bob Nation reiterated that statement when speaking to KMOX. He says Chesterfield police might ticket someone for disturbing the peace or trespassing if someone without a mask refuses a business owner's order to leave.

Chesterfield Police say officers will still respond to businesses by request if customers don't comply with face mask mandates.

"We encourage all Chesterfield residents and all members of the pulbic we serve to join with us in wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and taking all precautions such as washing hands and frequent use of hand sanitizer. We are all in this together, let's work together to keep everyone safe!" the statement reads.

You can read the full statement here:

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