Thursday Afternoon Auburn Police Chief Dan O’Neil issued the following statement to the Auburn community:
“To Our Auburn Community,
We would like to thank our community for their continued support and appreciate everyone who has made adjustments in their lives to follow this order and are staying at home as much as possible.
This is an unprecedented, confusing, and concerning time for much of our community. I want to share what law enforcement’s role is in supporting Governor Inslee’s directive to stay home. Our primary role is to help educate how to comply with the orders to stay at home; not detain, ticket or arrest anyone. The safety of our community members always has been and will continue to be our top priority.
1. We view our role more as one of education. Educating residents on how to keep themselves safe, how to keep their families safe, and most importantly our vulnerable populations.
2. The Governor continues to update its “Essential Business” List. Some businesses have provided employee’s letters to support their need to be out or as proof their job has been labeled essential. At this time, Auburn Police are not requiring anyone to show them a special pass, letter or license stating they are essential.
3. For information on which businesses are considered essential, or other information related to the Governors order, please visit the Governor’s COVID-19 webpage.
During this time it is important that you stay active and get outside for a walk or other activities. Please keep social distancing in mind as you engage in these activities, but remember that the gathering of groups is prohibited.
I am proud of our community as you have shown that you understand the severity of the situation. Like you, the Auburn Police Department is doing all it can to keep you and your family safe.”
The above is a statement issued by the Auburn Police Department. The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents.