Slowing the spread of COVID-19 is of vital importance in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Accomplishing such a feat has proven to be a challenge, although some states have had an easier time than others.
In America, 455,243 people have tested positive for the deadly coronavirus; 24,723 have recovered, and 16,191 have died. The numbers continue to climb at an alarming rate, but they may begin to slow thanks to actions taken by people across the country.
Social distancing, sheltering in place, and self-quarantining are effective ways to prevent disease transmission. Wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) like face masks can help stop the spread of the disease as well. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone wear a mask when in public.
You have probably noticed in California and other states, nonessential businesses have been ordered to shutter until the crisis is contained. In most cases, companies have been adhering to the above mandate.
Naturally, it’s challenging for authorities to enforce the new rules that have emerged in the wake of the pandemic. As such, some stores are choosing to ignore state and city orders and are failing to comply with the law.
Cracking Down on Scofflaws
In California, public beaches are closed, and nonessential businesses are ordered to do the same, all part of the “Safer at Home” order. You might be wondering about what happens when people ignore the new mandate? Well, arrests are being made, and criminal charges are being filed, according to The Los Angeles Times. Those who think that flouting coronavirus orders is in their best interest should think again.
Los Angeles County prosecutors filed charges against two businesses for failing to comply with the “Safer at Home” order. Criminal charges were filed against two smoke shops, a shoe store and a discount electronics retailer.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies arrested a paddleboarder who ignored lifeguards’ orders to come ashore near the Malibu Pier, the article reports. A surfer in Manhattan Beach received a $1,000 citation for ignoring warnings to stay out of the ocean.
“The mayor’s order is clear: Only essential businesses, such as healthcare providers, organizations serving vulnerable populations, and grocery stores, may remain open during the COVID-19 emergency,” said City Attorney Mike Feuer. “We’re all safer at home. Nonessential businesses remaining open at this time jeopardize public health and safety, and my office is committed to vigorously enforcing the mayor’s order.”
Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney
Please reach out to the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower if you are being charged with a crime in California. Attorney Brower has the experience to help you find a favorable outcome in your case.