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Sheriff warns that 'Safer At Home' rules will be enforced
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Sheriff warns that 'Safer At Home' rules will be enforced

Walworth County Sheriff Kurt Picknell


ELKHORN — Walworth County’s sheriff is urging county residents and businesses to comply with the state’s “Safer At Home” directive to combat the spread of coronavirus.

In a statement issued March 25, Sheriff Kurt Picknell said his department would investigate and take enforcement action on “blatant violations of this order that put our community at greater risk.”

Starting March 25, the “Safer At Home” order signed by Gov. Tony Evers requires non-essential businesses to close to the public until April 24, to avoid spreading the contagious virus.

The governor did not order people to stay home, but he did encourage people to remain indoors and remain isolated as much as possible.

In his statement, Picknell called on Walworth County residents to comply.

“During these difficult and unprecedented times, some of our individual rights are certainly being TEMPORARILY restricted at the recommendation of medical health professionals for the greater good of us all,” Picknell wrote. “This is a community effort that requires collaboration and cooperation from us all.”

Picknell thanked residents for honoring the “Safer At Home” directive so that life can return to normal in Walworth County after the coronavirus threat has passed.

“I understand and appreciate the great personal sacrifice being made,” he said. “Finally my thanks for your understanding and personal sacrifice for the greater collective good.”

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