Sheriff sheds light on new social distancing law

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) —Last night, the New York State PAUSE Executive Order became our new reality. 

Monroe County Sheriff Todd Baxter is also adjusting.

“This is so brand new; it’s coming out so fast even law enforcement’s trying to understand it,” Baxter said Monday.

The Sheriff shared what he thinks is important for us all to know as we navigate a major culture shift.

“The ability to group outside has gone away temporarily; you can still go outside there’s a lot of myths out there that there’s a travel ban but there is not a travel ban,” Baxter added.

That means, for now, you can still travel to places like the grocery store, car repair shop and pharmacy.  

Sheriff Baxter noted, though, if a non-essential business is caught operating, they could be reported to the District Attorney’s office.

Deputies will be looking for people who are congregating; it’s no longer allowed under the new law.  “In those situations when people are together, we first make them understand why the directive came from the Governors office; the first thing I do it is to ask them to move along,” Baxter said.

The Rochester Police Department also chimed in, saying, “Rochester Police Officers will keep an eye on places where it gets a little too crowded and address this by educating and reminding people to separate and practice safe social distancing.”

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