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OPD responds to hundreds of virus compliance check calls

Posted at 2:19 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 19:47:51-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) -- — Calls are flooding police from people saying others aren’t listening to the 10 person gathering limit.

This week the Omaha Police Traffic Unit takes out the motorcycles when the weather is nice to make sure people are listening to the law.

They say they’ve done hundreds of compliance checks at places like bars and restaurants; 106 in a single day.

But they’re also using the bikes to go on trails to break up any gatherings of more than 10 at parks, playgrounds, baseball diamonds, and basketball courts.

“Everyday we’re in contact with Dr. Adi Pour with the Douglas County Health Department and she is telling us just because you’re outside you are still at a high risk for community spread,” said Lt. Jake Ritonya with the Omaha PD Traffic Unit.

Omaha police have mostly been giving warnings for people not in compliance.

They did issue their first citation to EZ’s Place Bar and Grill on 157th & W. Dodge Rd. on Thursday for not complying with the health order.