Detroit Police Issue 736 Citations, 1,614 Warnings For 'Stay Home' Order Violations

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By WWJ Newsradio 950

DETROIT (WWJ) - Detroit police have written hundreds of tickets for people not complying with the social distancing executive order in Michigan.

Releasing some numbers on Friday, the Detroit Police Department said officers have: 

  • checked over 10,000 locations 
  • given 1,614 warnings
  • issued 736 citations 
  • shut down more than 24 parties
  • closed 27 businesses 

The DPD gave credit to those in the city who called in about alleged violators, tweeting: "Thank you Detroit for being the eyes and ears of our community." Details about the police calls and citizens ticketed were not immediately released. 

The goal of all of this, the department said, is to to ensure compliance with the "governor's order to stay home, stay safe and save lives," amid the pandemic. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued her initial order back on March 24, mandating that people only leave their homes under very limited circumstances, like for medical help, to go to essential jobs, to buy groceries or to pick up prescriptions. Those who take walks or visit parks are ordered to stay at least 6 feet apart from people outside of their own household.

The purpose of the order, which expires at 11:59 p.m. April 30, is prevent the spread of the virus that causes the respiratory illness COVID-19. (Get details about the order HERE).

Looking at the latest counts from the state health department, the largest number of cases and deaths in Michigan remains in the City of Detroit, which (counted separately from the rest of Wayne County) now has 7,414 cases and 582 deaths.

The DPD said it encourages everyone to continue following the stay home order. "If you must go outside, remember to stay safe, practice social distancing and wear a mask," police said. 

Meanwhile, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced Friday that, starting Monday, the city will open up drive-thru COVID-19 testing for the all essential employees still on the job; no prescription or symptoms required. Businesses that wish to have their essential employees tested should contact the city.