SFPD Citing Shelter In Place Violators

Kathy Novak
April 04, 2020 - 9:00 am
San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott.

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San Francisco officials say the city is doing a good job of respecting the ongoing shelter in place order, and they aim to keep it that way.

Mayor London Breed says the city’s early response is responsible for keeping the number of cases in the city down. “The reason why everyone is praising San Francisco for our swift action in closing down the city and looking at the numbers and what’s happening, is because everyone here knew how important it was to follow the instructions and everyone accommodated the request for the most part.”

In order to ensure residents and businesses continue to abide by the order, police have started handing out the first citations to people and businesses who are breaking the order. 

San Francisco police chief Bill Scott says initially officials wanted to lead the city with compassion and education, but at this stage of the order no one can claim ignorance. “We will not ask you twice. I think we’ve been extremely patient, but we want to stay ahead of this like we’ve done up to this point. We want to flatten that curve and we want to save lives.”

SFPD have been issuing warnings to businesses that stayed open despite being deemed non-essential. Businesses that continue to violate the order could face criminal or civil action.

Mayor Breed says that while San Francisco has so far avoided New York City’s fate, the situation in the Bay Area is going to get worse before it gets better.