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Agencies respond to enforcement questions

Haywood County Sheriff’s Office, Waynesville Police Department, Maggie Valley Police Department, Canton Police Department and Clyde Police Department recently issued a joint statement in response to questions and concerns about how the state "Shelter in place" order will be enforced throughout the county. 

"We understand it may take a while for residents and business owners to become fully familiar with the new proclamation. During that time, law enforcement officials will be working with county officials to answer questions and direct inquiries to official sources of information, such as the county’s website, or the COVID-19 call center 828.356.2019.

"We understand this is an extremely difficult time for our citizens and we are working together as a community to get through this. The measures being taken are to further efforts to protect those who are at high risk and to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Law enforcement agencies in Haywood County are not seeking to punish citizens who are simply trying to adjust to drastic changes in their lives. County and municipal officials are dedicated to educating individuals in every way possible on the intent behind these changes. Again, law enforcement agencies throughout Haywood County want to work with citizens as we go through this process by using education, information and advisement as much as possible.

"There are high hopes that citizens will voluntarily comply with measures, demonstrating a common goal of flattening the curve and moving forward. If persistent non-compliant actions are observed, law enforcement will need to address the issue as outlined in the proclamation."

Click here interpretive guidance/ answers to FAQs for citizens. This was created by the county attorney.

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