What Happens If You Defy the Stay at Home Order?
By now we have all been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Individuals and businesses alike are feeling the strain of the “Stay at Home” order enacted by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland last month. According to a report by Fox News Channel 13, this order for Memphis and Shelby County residents could possibly be extended into the month of June. Without question, the need for social distancing at this time is of utmost importance, hopefully helping to curtail the growth of this deadly virus. Enforcement of the “Stay at Home” executive order will be up to the Attorney General’s office and local authorities. The question then becomes:
What are the penalties for those found breaking the “Stay at Home” order?
According to a report by WREG Channel 3 in Memphis, anyone found breaking the order could face jail time and a fine. It appears that such a violation will be a class A misdemeanor. The individuals facing these charges will be nonessential workers still open for business or those hosting social gatherings of 10 or more people in direct defiance of the order. A violation would not occur for those performing necessary outings, such as purchasing groceries or medical appointments.
In order to assist authorities in the enforcement of the order, they are asking that anyone who sees social gatherings or nonessential business in violation please call the Shelby County Mayor’s Action Center at 901-222-2300.
We all must understand the need and importance of the “Stay at Home” order in Memphis and across the United States. Listening to those in the medical field has taught us that following these orders, along with social distancing, will lessen the spread of the coronavirus. It is hard to believe how much has changed in such a short time, but we must all respect the orders of our government leaders and trust that this difficult time will pass.
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The family and staff at The Chiozza Law Firm will keep everyone affected during these trying times in our prayers, wishing for better days ahead.
If you have any questions about the “Stay at Home” order or general legal matters, please know that The Chiozza Law Firm will be available. To find a list of alternate numbers and contact information for our staff and attorneys during the “Stay at Home” order, please click here. If you have a medical malpractice claim, suffered a personal injury, were arrested in Memphis, or were merely given a speeding ticket in Shelby County we are always here to help.
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