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Sioux City Police plans to enforce all aspects of Gov. Reynolds Proclamation

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The proclamation by Gov. Kim Reynolds this week outlined mew guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19 and Thursday the City of Sioux City is showing support of the proclamation.

In a press release, they stated that they "will do what is necessary to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Sioux City."

Some of the measures included in the proclamation include provisions on increased social distancing, mask-wearing recommendations, and guidance for bars and restaurants.

The City of Sioux City is asking each resident to adhere to the provisions in the proclamation. All of us are facing an unprecedented time in our history and we ask that everyone cooperate to lessen the impact of the pandemic. We also ask the patrons of bars and restaurants to be respectful and to not violate the provisions placed on them. Failure to do so may impact their continued ability to operate.

The Sioux City Police Department is urging everyone to voluntarily comply with the new provisions to free up law enforcement to respond to other community emergencies, support our local businesses, and more importantly, help protect the health of everyone in our community.

Police Chief Rex Muller says his department is prepared to enforce all aspects of the proclamation but will focus on gaining voluntary compliance and educating those who are in violation.

"I have a lot of faith that people will police themselves, but in instances that we are called, we mandate in responding and investigating and educating and probably just gaining voluntary compliance," Chief Mueller told us. "I think in most cases, our citizens realize that this is a concern. They care about the health of their families but they also care about their fellow residents and are doing the right things."

If the department is called to a violation they will respond and investigate. The department also has masks to hand out if individuals don't have one.

"There are a lot of concerns with how this has been done, and we want to make sure that everyone's constitutional rights are adhered to but we also want to make sure that we are promptly educating the public and we are properly helping out and if we have to investigate and have to respond we are going to do that," Mueller continued. 

"By working together and supporting each other during this crisis, we can free up law enforcement to respond to other community emergencies, support our local businesses, and more importantly, help protect the health of everyone in our community," the City of Sioux City said. 

In cases where police cannot obtain voluntary compliance, the Sioux City Police Department says they will work with the Woodbury County Attorney, Iowa Alcohol Beverage Division, and Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals to enforce all aspects of the proclamation.

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