Statement From Sheriff Allard About Private Gatherings

November 17, 2020

In response to inquiries concerning enforcement of the Governor’s Order number 202.74, restricting private residential gatherings to ten persons or less, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will continue to support the Steuben County Public Health Department in the COVID-19 response protocols. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our community safe and healthy, and to not unnecessarily subject any of our family or neighbors to avoidable infection.
Our enforcement activities, as always, are guided by necessity and resource allocation to best meet the public safety needs of the citizens of Steuben County. We are also regulated by the legal guidelines of our response to complaints as to whether or not we have license and privilege to enter private residences, based upon warrant, consent or exigent circumstances. As such, the men and women of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will not be peeking in your window or attempting to enter your property to count the number of persons at your table on Thanksgiving.
We encourage all citizens of Steuben County to abide by the COVID-19 response protocols as established by the Governor relative to gatherings in private residences. Keeping social circles as small as possible, especially during the holidays, will allow us to better weather the storm. We hope that everyone has a safe and healthy holiday season. Please keep your family safe during this challenging time.
As always, the team at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is here to help and to serve you, the citizens of Steuben County.

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sheriff Jim Allard