To address the “stay at home order” issued by Governor Mike DeWine that mandates all Ohioans stay in their homes for all but essential outings, the Piqua Police Department and Piqua Health Department offer the following information.
This is taking place in an effort to combat the spread of the corona virus. It is important to remind the community that their continued cooperation in following the direction of Governor DeWine’s mandates will benefit all of us as this crisis progresses.
It is emphasized that “common sense” exceptions have been included in the state order, so people will still be permitted to leave their homes for groceries, carryout meals, medical supplies and other essentials. People are permitted to go outside for physical exercise (though not at public playgrounds) and are allowed to tend to family members, friends, and pets that may be in other homes and in need of care. Essential businesses will still be open and persons will be permitted to travel to report for work and return home. Governor DeWine noted this is an order, not a suggestion, and he expects all people to comply and that all health departments and local law enforcement can enforce this order.
I can anticipate that the enforcement action with respect to the Governor’s order will typically only occur under extreme circumstances or during a blatant disregard of the order(s), which would impact public safety. Officers will not be stopping persons to address why they are out or where they are going. The philosophy of this office will be to ask everyone to voluntarily comply with the order(s) and only leave their residences on permitted outings. Officers will only intervene when it is necessary to preserve public safety and to maintain the health and public peace of the community.
The Piqua Health Department will be working with the business community to ensure compliance with the order. To remain open, a business must provide an essential service to the community as defined in the Order. The Health Department will make the interpretation as to which businesses are exempt and can remain open. All business that remain open are subject to the social distancing required measures which include: maintaining six foot distances, providing hand sanitizer, implementing operating hours for vulnerable populations, and posting online if the facility is open and how best to reach the facility. The Health Department will work in conjunction with Law Enforcement as needed to enforce the provisions of the state Order.
Public safety has to adjust to this crisis as it unfolds and we are attempting to navigate these times to provide essential services and protect our employees. We are mindful of the sacrifices that residents are making and we are trying to make common sense decisions that serve us all well. The sacrifices we make today and the coming weeks, will greatly benefit others and us in the days to come.