Sacramento County sheriff says he won't enforce state's new curfew

The state’s limited stay-at-home order is fresh off the presses and already a public official is vowing not to enforce it.

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said shortly after Thursday afternoon’s announcement that his department would "not be determining - including entering any home or business - compliance with, or enforcing compliance of, any health or emergency orders related to curfews, staying at home."

The statement, posted to Facebook, also clarified deputies would not be enforcing activities related to the Thanksgiving holiday or other social gatherings inside or outside of the home.

The newly-announced stay-at-home order, which applies to all non-essential work and gatherings between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., impacts 41 counties that are currently in the purple or "widespread" COVID-19 tier. That includes every Bay Area county except for San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties.

Sacramento County moved back to the restrictive purple tier last week.

Jones said anyone calling about the orders will be rerouted to the county’s health department and that officers would not be dispatched.

The order, as described Thursday by Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly, "is enforceable" and isn't meant to be used in pulling someone over if they’ve left someone’s house after 10 p.m.