Everyday activity is now fodder for blotter

With the coronavirus infection rate on the march in our midst, how quickly the most innocuous -- and previously joyful -- activities now have dark overtones.

On any given week in Piedmont, the police blotter is likely to note security checks, traffic violations, vehicle break-ins, and maybe a robbery. But last week’s incident report reveals how our law enforcement is being called to action in the new world order that is Covid-19 — breaking up groups of friends and neighbors doing what friends and neighbors like to do — gather and socialize.

The state and county shelter-in-place order has turned the natural order of things upside-down. “All public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a household or living unit are prohibited.” And: Individuals occupying a shared or outdoor spaces…must at all times as reasonably possible maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person…” (See full order HERE.)

As such, here are a few examples of the activities that galvanized Piedmont Police into action:

  • Juveniles out playing basketball at 2:30 p.m.
  • Tennis courts filled with people and juveniles on the playground (4:30 pm)
  • Group of people playing soccer (6:00 pm)
  • People gathering in the park (11:00 am)
  • More people playing soccer (3:00 pm)
  • Two dozen people playing softball (5:00 pm)
  • More soccer playing (6:30 pm)

The list goes on and police patrols will continue. How quickly the most normal, everyday activities have become verboten.

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