On Thursday, Governor Bill Lee signed a stay-at-home order, a step up from his recommendation that Tennesseans stay at home. Previous to this announcement, Governor Lee directly called for enforcement of his stay-at-home order by sending a letter to every sheriff, police chief, and district attorney in Tennessee. In the letter, Lee told them to use the force of law in cases where someone refuses to comply with the stay at home order.
Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum has a plan in place for how his office will enforce the stay-at-home order.
“We want voluntary compliance first and foremost. This is a serious situation and Grundy County has been labeled a hotspot. That means there is a greater risk of spreading the virus,” explained Sheriff Shrum. “We will honor what is considered essential and emergency travel listed in the Governor’s order. Those who are loitering in parking lots, roaming, or sightseeing will be asked to go home. Failing to comply could result in a Class A misdemeanor.”