KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — If you are on social media, you have probably seen all kinds of false claims about coronavirus floating around.

Knoxville police have heard the same rumors, and they verified some of the most common ones.

  1. Is there a curfew in Knoxville? No.

The state is under a safer at home order, but that does not prevent people from leaving their homes. It just encourages people to stay home, except for essential services.

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2. What is KPD doing to enforce the safer at home order?

Police said the health department is in charge of enforcing it.

If you have concerns about a specific business, you can call 3-1-1.

Police said they hope punishment is not necessary and that everyone will do the right thing.

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3. If I call 9-1-1, will police show up?

KPD said the answer is almost always yes. Police are looking for some opportunities to limit personal contact when it's possible.

An officer may not show up for a call that can be handled remotely - like a wreck with no injuries that is not blocking traffic.

4. Do I need to stockpile groceries?

Police said the safer at home order does not stop you from going to the store.

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5. Do I need to have documentation or authorization to leave my house?

KPD said you are not required to have official documentation to be out in public. The Safer at Home Order urges residents to stay at home as much as possible and to practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from others. Be smart and be responsible for yourself, your family and your community.

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6. Will I get pulled over if I am out during the "Safer at Home" order?

State, county and local law enforcement officers said they will not pull you over for the sole purpose of determining if you have a legal reason to be out of your home, are employed by an essential business or engaged in an essential activity.

KPD said officers have not been directed or authorized to stop vehicles to ask for documentation to be out in public. If a KPD officer does so, call the non-emergency line at 865-215-4010 and ask to speak to an on-duty supervisor or call the Crime Hotline at 865-215-7212. If you are stopped by an officer for anything other than a violation of the law or reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, you should ask for the officer’s name and badge number and notify a supervisor from the agency.

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