The Stay-At-Home order is now part of the law of Colorado (temporarily).

But don't expect Northern Colorado to become a police state.

"This order does not mean that cars will be stopped for simply driving down the road," Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith assured residents in a Facebook post Wednesday.

"However, it is imperative that the public health officials get citizens to reduce their travel and public interactions as much as possible- as outlined in the order."

Both the Larimer County Sheriff's Office and Fort Collins Police Department said in emails that they both plan to focus on education while the order is active.

David Moore from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office said this:

LCSO wants to help keep everyone safe and will focus on education in lieu of enforcement when possible and appropriate. The ultimate goal is voluntary compliance.

Kate Kimble from the Fort Collins Police said this:

Our ultimate goal is compliance with the order to keep everyone safe. At this point in time, our officers are taking an educational approach to gain cooperation whenever possible. While enforcement is an option, education is often an effective solution. FCPS is committed to working with our community members to keep everyone safe and informed during this challenging time.

For more information about state or county health orders, visit larimer.org/health. Anyone with questions or concerns about violations, can call 970-498-5500 or text 970-999-1770.

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