Over the last few days there have been lots of rumors, questions and concerns from our citizens regarding the new order issued by the Riverside County Public Health Director on April 4, 2020. The order can be viewed HERE. The Beaumont Chief of Police put together the letter below to address some of these concerns and continue to request the cooperation of our residents and businesses to comply with the new orders, to protect and keep our community healthy. See the letter below:
Dear Beaumont Citizens,
As Beaumont’s police chief, I want to take a moment to address some of the confusion and rumors that have been circulating in regard to the recent orders from Dr. Kaiser and the Riverside County Department of Public Health.
The County’s Public Health Department issued an order expanding on the “Stay at Home” order given by Governor Newsom. Among other things, this new order prohibits public and private gatherings of any size and requires all persons to wear coverings over their faces.
While it is true that the orders from the County’s Department of Public Health are enforceable and can lead to a fine, imprisonment or both. The Beaumont Police Department will not and has not been stopping vehicles or setting up checkpoints, solely for the purpose of enforcing these orders. We will not stop you to issue tickets simply because you are not wearing a face covering. We have been informing the public on how to protect themselves, families, and others and seeing the vast majority of our residents complying with measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Your police department continues to be as busy as ever responding to calls and working to prevent crime. Therefore, we ask that you do not call 911 or into dispatch to report abuses of this order. However, if you observe violations that you feel are egregious please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, complaints will be reviewed and handled on a case by case basis in order of priority.
We know this period has been confusing, stressful and challenging for our citizens, however we would like you to know we are all in this together. We ask you to comply with these measures and do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and we will do our part to continue to protect the health and safety of our community.
Chief of Police
Beaumont Police Department