Washington County Sheriff discusses stay at home order

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MARIETTA, Ohio - The Ohio stay at home order had many questioning if leaving the house could have legal consequences.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks and other sheriffs had a statewide conference call with Governor Mike DeWine where they talked about enforcement of the order.

Mincks says he and his deputies are not looking to make a lot of arrests, but wants everyone to comply with the order to stop the spread of the virus.

Officers will be able to cite you for non-essential travel, and if you are stopped there will be a conversation about why you are out.

If you are cited it would be a misdemeanor charge and you would be tried in Municipal Court.

Mincks encourages everyone that has relatives that need checked on to continue doing that.