A bar owner and manager’s criminal citation for allegedly defying the state-mandated curfew calls into question the limits of voluntary compliance enforcement.
Although the Orange County Sheriff’s Department has said it won’t enforce state-level CCP (China Communist Party) virus-related orders, some cities are ticketing offenders.
Costa Mesa is among the cities issuing fines to non-compliant residents and businesses. It recently issued its first criminal citation to a business that defied state curfew hours, even as officers tried to receive voluntary compliance multiple times.
The City of Santa Ana takes a similar approach, a police spokesperson said.
“There’s a mechanism if people don’t comply that we can use the enforcement, but our goal is to make that a last resort,” Cpl. Anthony Bertagna told The Epoch Times.
A state-wide emergency curfew was issued on Nov. 19, mandating all non-essential businesses to close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Via – The Epoch Times