Governor Stitt's "Safer At Home" executive order is taking effect at midnight Thursday.
The order asks those over the age of 65 and those with underlying medical conditions to stay home as COVID-19 spreads. Stitt’s executive order also requires all non-essential businesses to close their doors for 21 days.
Many questions are being asked by the general public, if they’ll be stopped by police Thursday if traveling from the grocery store or pharmacy. The answer is no.
Edmond Police are prepared for what may come Thursday.
“We do anticipate that we probably will get some stuff called in starting tomorrow now that this new order is going into effect,” said Sgt. James Hamm of Edmond Police.
Edmond Police Department is joining other agencies statewide, including Oklahoma City, who said special identification or permits will not be needed going forward.
There is no statewide curfew set in place.
“We are not going to be questioning you about where you are going or why you are going there,” said Hamm. “We are not going to be stopping you for no reason just to ask what you are out doing. That is not going to happen.”
Code enforcement officers, at least in Edmond, will be taking calls from the public. Those who are reporting businesses that aren’t following the governors executive order.
“What they are going to do is they will get these complaints or referrals,” said Hamm. “They'll do some follow up and attempt to contact these businesses and definitely use it as an educational role. Referring them back to what the governor has ordered.”
Officers aren’t expecting any issues once the order goes into effect. Like local, state and federal officials they ask you follow the recommendations. The sooner the spread of COVID-19 is over, the better.
“We all know it’s not fun, we understand that,” said Hamm. “We all want to get back to our normal lives and the quicker we do comply and follow these recommendations, the quicker we can get back to that.”
Do not tie up 911 lines to report a business not complying Thursday. Instead, call your local municipality or non-emergency number.