Sheriff Roberson talks about what “Stay at Home” order means for Chatham County residents

by Gene Galin

Pittsboro, NC – On Friday, March 27 North Carolina governor Roy Cooper issued a statewide Stay at Home Executive Order.

The Stay at Home Order is effective at 5 p.m. on Monday and will last for at least 30 days. The order is in effect until April 29 (although it can be terminated early, or extended).

The Stay at Home order mandates that all N.C. residents should stay at home except to conduct essential errands, such as picking up groceries or prescriptions, going to medical appointments that cannot be conducted online, picking up to-go food from restaurants, and exercising only at a safe distance of six feet or more from others.

The order also bans gathering of more than 10 people, and directs everyone to stay at least six feet away from each other.

We conducted an interview with Chatham County sheriff Mike Roberson on Saturday morning to find out what he believes the Stay at Home order means for county residents.

The video and transcript of the interview are located below. You can turn on closed captioning while viewing the video to read along.

Gene Galin, here with the Chatham Journal and I’m riding along with Sheriff Roberson on a Saturday morning and come Monday, I think it’s 5pm. Governor Roy Cooper has said, “Hey, we’re going to have a stay at home order that gets effective at 5pm.” So what we’re doing this morning, Saturday morning is driving around with the sheriff and getting his perspective as what that means for us folks here in Chatham County.

Sheriff, what do you see as being the biggest things that folks need to be aware of with the stay at home order?

Sheriff Mike Roberson: I think that’s what they’re calling in.I think the intent behind it is to just to make sure that we are staying, keeping our social distancing. And it’s tightening it down a little bit. The medical professionals are telling us in the county at least, that this next week or two are probably the most critical points. I know we’ve sort of been at home for a last couple of weeks, but these next couple of weeks the curve is really getting steep. And now is the time that is most critical that we keep our social distancing.

Gene: And for those who aren’t aware of social distancing, I think most people are what’s, what’s your definition of social distancing?

Sheriff Roberson: Oh, the definition you’re putting out as they want people to remain six foot apart from each other. If you’re in public settings, you know, they say stay at home, I want people to understand that doesn’t mean stay in your house. We have different areas in the community of how close people live. If you’re in a rural area, you can be out in the yard, you can do yard work, you can go running. If you read the order, it’s pretty open about what you can do is really intense. Just stay away from other groups.

You know, up until this order comes into effect, you can be in a group up until 50 people and that’s just too much. And so, I think they’re just trying to take it down to help save lives. And I think in all of this, we’ll be able to know that the real goal is to save people’s lives.

Gene: Right. Now the rule was up to 50s. Is their size limit right now? Is it 10? Or something like that? Or is it just stay at home?

Sheriff Roberson: Stay at home. I know that if you can keep it down below 10, I would encourage you to do that. So I don’t think they won’t really public gatherings, they want you to stay at your house. There are exceptions. And if you read the exceptions, there’s plenty of exceptions. There’s not many sort of businesses that I don’t think would be accepted.

There are specific things that are closed. The specific things are like beauty shots, and barber shops, and tattoo parlors, all the things that you have personal space, you can’t keep the six foot away from so. I think in all of this, we want the businesses that can run that are essential. We want people to be able to go get the product they need. We want people to be healthy. And I know it sounds negative now, but I think in the end, there’ll be a lot of positive changes that come out of this. I know now I’m getting my pharmacy is delivering, you know, I picked up my groceries the other day. I ordered it online and picking it up in the parking lot and somebody pushed it outside for me. So taking advantage of some of those things that have been there before, but we didn’t think about maybe some positive things that come out of this.

Gene: So in Chatham County, barbershops and beauty salons, nail care and all that kind of stuff sounds like that will not be permitted. But for most other businesses in Chatham County will mean restaurants are going to be able to keep operating.

Sheriff Roberson: Yeah, there’s a list of it. It’s very long. And you might call it essential businesses, but it’s so broad. That if you have a real purpose for going to do something, it’s not meant to restrain people for now. Go into the grocery store, pharmacy or literally stay at home. So that word stay at home is to drive an impact of what we want you to do. And to make sure we stay away from groups.

Gene: And folks who want to see a list of that if you go to the website, we’ve got a, we’ve got a story about it. We actually pulled the list off of the order that came out from the governor’s office so you can take a look at those particulars. I think one of the things that folks in Chatham County also concerned about is you know, there’s multi-generational folks here in the county that concerned about their friends, their neighbors, their family members who you know, may live a stretch away from where they’re at. Under this rule, though, you’re able to go out and take care of those family members and friends and neighbors if you need to. Isn’t that correct?

Sheriff Roberson: That’s correct. We don’t really want you visiting person to person but if you need to go pick up stuff for them if they need to deliver stuff for them, if they need yard maintenance done or something done to their home, you can go do all of that. I saw a cute picture on Facebook just a while ago where some kids were going to visit their grandparents actually happen to live in the restaurant, and they were visiting through one of the windows so that they can actually see them and there wouldn’t be any chance of being contagious.

Gene: So Chatham County folks, you got friends, relatives, neighbors that needs some assistance, feel free to, I should say feel free but go ahead and do what you need to do. Just don’t, you know, don’t have it was a coronavirus party type of situation.

Sheriff Roberson: And you brought up a good point about family you know, there are people who live here that don’t have families so if you know neighbors or people in your community that don’t have family, or even if they do, pick up the phone and call them and just check on him I think like this time is a time where a lot of fears in the community a lot of the fear of the unknown, a lot of fear of not what’s unknown what’s going to happen next. So I think just checking in with them, making sure if you can help them that would be very beneficial in our community.

Gene: Now what the restaurants that are open and running and an operation, it’s still the same rule applies is takeout only is that correct?

Sheriff Roberson: Yeah, they’re doing, a lot of them are doing curb side. And a lot of restaurants that are never did that before are doing that really to stay in business. And, you know, I hope when all this is over, some of them will continue to do that. I found it to be a pretty good service to eat some of the restaurants that you don’t think of having takeout before, and specifically ones that are local ones that are sort of locally owned, that they’ll struggle through the as if it lasts, as long as we did good last.

Gene: Right. The governor’s order is that this is going to run through till April 29. Unless now I mean, he’s reserved the right that if the situation changes, they can stop it quicker than the 29th.

Sheriff Roberson: Yeah, I don’t think it benefits anybody to do this other than to save lives. And if it comes to a point to where they are seeing that something’s changed, if they didn’t predict I’m sure that they’ll He’s up on it. But the medical staff that I have I have heard from are saying that, you know, the peak will be sometime in the mid to late April.

Gene: Well, that’s a good thing about you mentioned medical staff medical questions. You’re not an expert in medicine. Neither am I. So if folks have medical questions, who should they reach out to here in Chatham County?

Sheriff Roberson: Well, if they have general questions, I know the health department is the lead on this here about what businesses can do not do and, and the overall health issues, but if you have specific things you’re worried about, I would still consult your regular physician. You know, make sure you know, if you’re having anything you’re worried about, make sure you remember to call them and talk to them.

I will also say that, you know, the frontline people right now are the nurses, the paramedics, the ambulances, the medical professionals that we have now are working harder than ever on this and my hats go off to them for the risk, really, they’re putting themselves and their families in and helping deal with people with these fires. It’s pretty scary time for them, but I really appreciate the work you’re doing for us.

Gene: We’re running along a stretch on 64 between Pittsboro and Siler City right now. A big County. We’re like, what? 710 square miles. We’ve got 70,000 folks.

How can folks in Chatham County help make your law enforcement life easier, to just make life easier for all Chatham County residents during this time?

Sheriff Roberson: Well, law enforcement wise, you know, the schools are closed and courts are very, very limited. So we actually have more officers on the road now than we normally do. Because if you need us, we’re going to be there. We’re doing business issues. And so everything that we were doing before other than the closing the schools and court, we’re still doing so I think I think checking on each other is the biggest thing you can do. If you need us call us, we’ll be there. We’re still in, we’re still going to provide the exact same services we provided before.

Gene: And what’s the best way to reach them? Because again, not everything’s a 9-1-1 situation. So if they need to reach out to you, maybe they have a concern about a neighbor or something going on, what’s the best way for them to reach you.

Sheriff Roberson: The non-emergency number is 919-542-2911.

Gene: And that number, again, is

Sheriff Roberson: 919-542-2911. And that’s for something that you want to definitely respond to or if you have a question when they get done with their 9-1-1 calls, or they’ll still want to call you back and we’ll be able to talk to you.

Gene: Fantastic. Now, early on, you mentioned that there are folks that have a have fears, what are some of the fears that you’ve heard that that folks here in Chatham County have mentioned to you?

Sheriff Roberson: Well, number one is the uncertainty. You know, we’re living through a life changing crisis here that will probably change how we operate after this. This is like the 9/11 for the healthcare industry. And so I think there’s fear of unknown and when orders and things go out, you know, people are making decisions without all the information. Because we don’t know exactly how long it’s going to last. We don’t know exactly what we need to do not, don’t need to be doing I think when we look backwards on this a year or two from now, we’re going to learn a lot from how our nation responded to this. I think there’s a lot of fears about not having a job.

You know, a lot of these are really people are at home, doing the stay at home right now aren’t getting paid. I mean, we’re lucky. And then our staff is still working. A lot of these central businesses are still working and anyway, we can keep business going. We want to do that. But they’ll they’re worried about what’s going to happen at the end of the month or the next month when bills come due. You know, most people I know can’t go for more than a month without a pay check. I mean, they live pretty much pay check to pay check. And I see this hitting our hourly wage people a little faster.

Gene: Now some of the restaurants have laid off folks simply because they’re not able to do catering. I mean, all those all those events are called off. That’s not that hasn’t been possible for last month or so. And that’s going to continue to be that way for 30 days.

Now, you did mention that courts are closed and certain other functions are closed. But if somebody wants a gun permit, for example, can what’s the process on that? Is that still are they still able to do that?

Sheriff Roberson: Yes, absolutely. We’ve never we’re still doing gun permits just like we’ve done before. The only thing we’ve changed is we were not doing the social contacting the front window. So we encourage people to go online. Fill out the information online, mail it in if you want to mail it in. If you want to come by the office, in you have a reason To come by there, we do have a Dropbox that you can drop it in the box, we’re still issuing permits, and we will mail those out instead of you having to come pick them up. So we’re trying to make it easier on our public in the services that we’re writing. And the only reason we change your policy for what we’re doing is to stop the social distancing issues that we have with our service.

Gene: And what’s your current turnaround on that right now? About ballpark?

Sheriff Roberson: Well, I’ll be honest with you, usually it’s between a week and two weeks for a handgun permit. And the carry concealed depends on how fast the hospital gets your mental health check back. It’s between eight and 12 weeks, but honestly, we’ve had a little rush on gun permits here. So you know, if it gets a little bit longer, it’s not because we’re not doing our part. It may be that we have more permits coming in. The people who do those permits are still working. We got them in offices separated from each other and they’re still working on this.

Gene: So that’s one of the fear that that some folks in the county have and you’ve addressed that. You mentioned the economic concerns. And again, there’s not much you and I can do about that part. Are there on the other fears or concerns that that Chatham County folks have mentioned to you?

Sheriff Roberson: Well, I think for is our services, I want people to know that we’re still here. We’re still be there. If you call us if you need us. We’ll come. Now, I will tell you that we are starting to answer calls a little differently. But come to your house, we’re going to want you to come outside versus us going in your house if that’s at all possible. But if it’s a type of call, we need to go in. Then we have the gear that will go in the house to typically when people are home, our crime goes down, our calls go down. I do know as we stay at home a little more domestics tend to go up a little bit. And as people get desperate about times, I think there’ll be a lot more calls for help on needing food or, or needing essential items. And I think the community helping us with their neighbors would really ease our ability to serve everyone.

Gene: When we talked earlier you mentioned there’s a whole bunch of misinformation and contrary to some people’s beliefs, just because it’s on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true.

So what is some of the, some of what some of the misinformation you’re hearing Chatham County folks being concerned about?

Sheriff Roberson: Well, not a lot of times. I think people just see something on social media, and they just forward it and sort of like that telephone game all the time. Opinions get put on it, it gets changed around, you know that somebody told me something on social media, you can have a trusted source of information, but you also need to check and see if it’s your lab. And so, I would, I would say, be careful of sharing what’s going on or what people have said, you know, I heard usually is not a good source of information.

Gene: Holy cow! Gas is $1.61 here at Murphy express in Siler City. That is. Wow. Hey, I’m not laughing about the situation. But there is a rainbow at the end here and that gas prices have definitely come down. So that will help folks that are on tight budgets right now.

Sheriff Roberson: Yes, yes. Like I said there will be positives in this. The other the other fear that that I was thinking about was sort of the mental health aspect of staying healthy. The best way. I think what I’ve heard from the middle, from the health people is about 80% of us are going to get the virus in the end. And the best way to avoid that right, what we’re doing right now social distances is to lower the curve, so that there’s enough hospital beds for the sickest people, right. But the best way to deal with a virus is to stay healthy. So stay active, go outside, and get some sunshine. And you know, honestly work on the mental health. I know, we always think of mental health as someone else having the problem but maybe even putting the putting the social media Get down and not look at it all day long, maybe turning off the cable news and not just focusing on the same thing set over and over and over and get outside and do something, do something in nature, take a walk. I know a lot of our rule areas, there’s plenty of space to be where you’re where you have social distancing. So don’t think that you have to stay in your house to be able to conform to these rules.

Gene: And actually, that brings up an interesting point, because I’ve seen some people concerned about “Hey, can I go out and exercise can I walk around my neighborhood? What can I do? And again, it’s one of those fear things where I hear there’s the stay at home, but does that really mean? I can’t step foot outside the door and can Chatham County there’s lots of parts of Chatham County where you can look out your bedroom window of your home and you’re not going to see the neighbours so what’s your advice for folks here in Chatham County?

Sheriff Roberson: I would say the weather’s beautiful. Be outside as much as you can be while it’s while it’s pretty. Don’t just get sucked into hearing the same opinions about what’s going on over and over and over.

The credible sources are CDC, Chatham County Health Department, the county will put out information, listen to sources that are giving you information from the root. And not just because someone heard it and, and, and I think just making sure we check on each other and making sure that we care about each other. It’s, it’s very important in these times, you know, our, our spiritual leaders and also have been struggling with how to attend church and those kind of things. I’ve seen some pretty, pretty new ways of dealing with church. I mean, a lot of them are doing online, a lot of them are doing it from the parking lot. As long as you maintain the six foot distances when you’re out there and you’re not in groups, you know, I think now it’s going to be bigger than 10. So although that’s changing as we go along, and so, we best thing about our community is wherever pretty good about coming up with new ways of doing things. So I just worry about being in the house for four to six weeks. I know for me, that’s pretty difficult to do.

Gene: Yeah, I was going to say, I recognize this lady sitting on my couch the other day, and it turned out to be my wife. That’s a bad joke.

But you know what? It’s to a certain extent, yeah, we’re spending a whole bunch of time, close together. Some folks have again, that kind of concern is, oh my gosh, what do I do to avoid being? You know, I’m a lawful kind of person, but I don’t want to get hassled. So, you know, what are you going to be as a sheriff and your folks, your deputies, when they’re out there driving around? What are what are the things that may grab their attention versus you know, hey, this this person is keeping the correct social distance and they’re doing what they’re supposed to be doing?

Sheriff Roberson: Well, I think that we are looking for, we’re looking for people to self-regulate on this. You know, we’re not doing traffic stops to ask you where you’re going or not, we’re not going to be interjecting ourselves into your life. I don’t have the manpower and I have the resources, we need the community’s help on this. But I do want you to know that any help that we do. I mean, all of this helps, not just us, but everyone. So the best way to deal with this is, is I want you to put everyone to pretend like you’re infected with the disease right now. And if you pretend like you have the disease, you’re going to act right around it, you’re going to stay at the place you need to stay, you’re not going to go to the place, and you don’t need to go. If you really need it, you’re going to actually do it. And, and I think that’s what the whole orders intent is, you know, doing right, doing right by, by the order, is basically making sure that we’re keeping the social distancing. We’re at places that we need to be at and that and that we take care of each other.

Gene: Now up to this point, with the restriction that we have had. What have you seen as most Chatham County residents reaction to this whole thing?

Sheriff Roberson: Oh, I think, by far, I mean, in the 95, 98% people have been doing exactly what we’ve been asking them to do. You know, I think our young kids, you know, sort of been going to Walmart a little bit, we want to sort of limit that we want the parents to, you know, that sort of help us with the social distancing. But, you know, high 90% people are doing exactly what we’re asking them to do. Even the restaurants, you know, you know, they were, they were quick to even pull up the chairs and put them up against the wall when it went to 50. And so, I think it’s very positive of our community and how seriously we’re taking this and the more we can get compliance with this, because you know, the better.

Gene: We mentioned earlier on the concern for small businesses and you and I have talked about it. And yes and you see it in our community in the Facebook pages and everything else and there’s several restaurants business Those that are reaching out under this stay at home ruling that kicks in on Monday at 5 pm. Are folks still going to be able to go out and pick up stuff? Or do they need to get? Do they need to order stuff? Or can they? Can they do both? And what’s your recommended? Look, we’ve got a concern here. We want to stay safe. And as you said, you kind of need to think of yourself, hey, I may have the virus. But we have a whole bunch of local businesses owned by local Chatham County folks that we don’t want to see to go under and some of them may, but what can we do? What are you seeing as what can we as a community do to help our neighbors out that own businesses?

Sheriff Roberson: Well, the curb side pickup you can do if it’s for food, if it’s for essentials, if it’s for services, you can do that? And most of the most of the restaurants that that that I know of are doing either delivery or curb side pickup. And I would tell you that doing business with those local businesses, extremely port for our community? Are these are the same businesses that, you know when times are good? We’re asking them to donate. We’re asking them to help. You know, with the PTA we’re asking them to donate for sports. I think now if you can, it’s time to give back to them a little bit if you can. And so I think I think they need it, the more they can stay in business, the more people it’s going to employ. It has a multiplying effect, if we can help our local businesses.

Gene: I know this can be a downer. Being a glass half full versus a glass half empty kind of person. And I got a feeling that you’re the same way. What do you see as some of the positives coming out of this? You know, what are you seeing right now that people are doing that you’re going you know what this this is Chatham County folks coming together?

Sheriff Roberson: Well, one thing I’m seeing is people checking on each other a lot more making phone calls. I think there’s a genuine care and love and compassion that we have and in this place, probably because a lot of our rule nature and you know, a lot of people here know each other. So I think that’s positive. I think technology is going to be positive. You know, I would have never went and shopped at a grocery store, let someone else shop for me up until this past week. And then once I did that, I don’t think I ever want to go shopping at a grocery store again.

Gene: So as your wife doesn’t feel the same way, or she did she get something in that grocery bag that she’s like, I wouldn’t have picked that out.

Sheriff Roberson: Well, I think she enjoyed it too. And she may enjoy the shopping. I think my problem when I shop, I talk too much. So it takes me two hours to go pick up one thing but uh, you know, but it was it was it’s a service that they were doing before this, but it really has helped with social distancing. And so I think you’ll see a lot more people get used technology. I think the next generation has been doing that, you know, when ordering things through Amazon and those kind of things and having things delivered at home. You’re going to see a lot more people inclined to do that kind of stuff.

Gene: Yeah, we touched on this briefly before. Again, I don’t know how deeply we want to go into it. Probably not too much, but I think this is also showing that you know what we need high speed Internet here in Chatham County. Not just in the central areas near the towns but all over the county.

Sheriff Roberson: Well I think that locally I think the officials won’t and I know the schools school is big behind it under the commissioners a big behind in other towns or you know there’s a there’s a regulation I think either the state or federal level about how who can put that in and there’s going to be a lot more pressure to do that after this I assure you and you know, mostly there’s a lot of these kids are still online taking classes mom but there’s a lot of kids that don’t have internet in their own right. It goes to show you that it’s really as a utility just like the power bill or the water bill is a people need now will need access to the internet.

Gene: Yep, we’re seeing a whole bunch of that. I know my daughter’s a kindergarten teacher and she’s doing classes via video conferencing every day. And you’re right, there are some students that she can’t reach out to because they don’t have that, that access so that that’s definitely something that’s not important just in Chatham County, but other surrounding areas.

Sheriff Roberson: The cool thing I saw the schools doing was, I saw some of the principals on school bus, delivering packets to kids.

Gene: Right.

Sheriff Roberson: That was another new way of thinking of how do we get information to people? How do we give them what they need? And so I think I think a lot of people are really thinking about different ways of doing things. And if we can grab hold to those good things and the bad things go away. We’ll be better off.

Gene: Right. We’ve talked a lot about neighbors helping neighbors and touched on adults. You briefly mentioned that you had some teenagers hanging around Walmart that you’re kind of like you know what, you guys don’t need to be so close together. Are there is there advice for parents or for parents with teenagers or kids that that you’d like to get that word out there. Hey, hey parents, Hey, Hey, kids, you know, hey, teenagers. Here’s what you can do over the next four weeks to make life easier not just for you, but your folks and everyone in Chatham County.

Sheriff Roberson: We’re not I mean imply the kids were doing anything wrong intentionally by being at Walmart. You know, I think when you’re young you feel like you’re maybe a little more invincible. And that that this might not affect you as much you know, you hear a lot it’s only older people. But young people can spread it too even if that is true I don’t believe it’s I don’t believe it’s all true like you can get the virus but even if it is, you can be you can be contagious to other people. So if we can have them go by the same rules that the adults are need to go by the six foot distancing to not congregate, to only go out if you need necessities I think all that’ll fix it. I think parents having things for kids to do, you know, come up with things that can that you can do outside come up with things you can do, other than just being in the house, so Being a little more creative, I think will help those situations.

Gene: Another question is, I think Pittsboro Parks and Rec have done it. And I know it doesn’t fall into your jurisdiction. And Siler City is doing the same thing their Parks and Rec department about they’re, closing down their facilities. I mean, you can still go out and use fields but you can’t use like the playground area. What’s your advice on that kind of stuff?

Sheriff Roberson: If you’re in open areas, it’s all good. I think I think when you’re around things that people touch, you know, that’s the reason I want your playground equipment. I don’t want you going into the buildings, you know, the things that are not maybe not being cleaned as much. So if you’re in open areas, if you’re on the sidewalk, if you’re on a trail, if you’re in open fields, I think you’re a lot better shape. You still need to maintain social distance. And so, you know, I know we’ve had some kids playing basketball behind the sheriff’s office, and it’s pretty hard to maintain six foot playing basketball, right? You got to sort of think through what you’re what you’re doing. To make sure that we’re not spreading the germ again, this all goes back to saving lives and making sure that we’re stopping this virus from spreading as quickly as we can so we can get back to normal as well.

Gene: Sounds like a lot of stuff you’re talking about and recommending is common sense to kind of stuff your mom and my mom probably told us when we were kids. We’re getting close to half hour here.

Sheriff’s been great on providing a whole bunch of information. Are there other things that we need to let or you need to let Chatham County folks know that, hey, this is the things you need to be watching out for over the next 30 days, if especially starting on Monday after five o’clock?

Sheriff Roberson: Well, I think I think check. Like I said, again, I know I keep repeating this because it’s important. I want you to check on people that might not have family, check on your family, make sure people know you love and care about them. I think mental health is a big part of this. I think I think you need to be thinking about things that we’re spending money on that we might not need to be spending money on. You know you need to you need to think about the long haul and this to go six or eight weeks without income for some of these people is pretty traumatic. So if you have extra please help people that don’t. And the other thing I want to tell you is, is that all this might change, we might do this video today and they come up three days from now and now you can’t go to the parks and you can’t go outside or, or it might be that they change it the other way and it gets easier. So be flexible. You know, a lot of these rules are put in place, because they need to make a decision at the time and when facts change. They’ll change the rules to match the facts that we know. So be flexible and is take care of each other. I think we’ll get through it. You know, we threw this in the end and I assure appreciate all the help in the community.

Gene: Right And the thing is, as the share said if things change and he makes us aware of it if some of the stuff that he says today does no longer apply what we’ll post on it. One of the things I told the sheriff before we started this is I mean we needed to get this information out there. The Chatham Journal website, we usually average about 1,000 visits a day. Last three days. It’s everything’s been over 3000. A couple days ago it’s over 8,000. So folks are looking for good information.

I thought this was important to do with the sheriff, because, you know, we got Wake County and Durham County, which have two of the counties with the highest cases of Covid-19. And we’re hearing a whole bunch of stuff from across the county line. But folks, this is Chatham county. This is our local sheriff. He’s telling you how he sees things coming down in Chatham County. So we appreciate him doing this.

You know, let folks know that there’s videos out there, let them listen to them.

And this is the man who’s in charge of law enforcement for the county. Sheriff, thank you so much. Is there anything else you’d like to finish up with before we shut it down?

Sheriff Roberson: I want to tell you Gene, thank you for putting information out. Thank you for the work you do to inform people on like the platforms that you use. You pretty much put it straight out there what it is And I think that people can rely on what you’re telling them. So thank you for allowing us to get the message out. I want everybody to know that the sheriff’s office still here we want to help you if you need us for a phone call away.

Gene: So folks behave properly. And we’ll all get this together because we win as a team, and that’s what we’re looking to do here. And the sheriff wants you to be aware of what you need to do and not do, over the next 30 days. But he’s here to help you as needed. Thank you so much Sheriff.

Sheriff Roberson: Thank you.