Sheriff Johnny Alexander is cautioning Hardin County residents that violating the governor’s emergency stay at home executive order can lead to arrest.
In order to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Tennesseans are now required by Gov. Bill Lee to stay home unless carrying out essential activities such as getting food.
Alexander said Friday a violator of the order is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and subject to a maximum jail sentence of up to 11 months and 29 days and a fine of up to $2,500.
He cited, however, Lee’s statement to law enforcement officials that they “utilize sound judgment, restraint and discretion to first educate and warn your local businesses and establishments in order to provide them all reasonable opportunity to comply. Enforcement measures should be used as a last and final option only if they become necessary due to a refusal to voluntarily comply after all other reasonable means have been exhausted.”
Alexander said the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department will “faithfully execute the orders we have been given by Gov. Lee.”
He noted that Lee is urging Tennesseans to limit even essential activities to the bare minimum.
For a list of “essential activities” in the governor’s order, click here: https://bit.ly/3aKYgUw