In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19, law enforcement is cracking down on violators. California stay at home orders should be taken seriously and sometimes lessons have to be learned the hard way. Seven California men were each fined $1,000 after violating orders to take a Santa Cruz road trip.

The Santa Cruz Police Department even shared the photo on Twitter. In the picture, seven young men are pictured sitting curbside outside a 711 while officers give them a talking to and citations. 

The caption reads, "7 x $1000 = One Expensive Hang Out Everyone should know by now that this is not the time to meetup and party."

Officers cited the men for meeting up and partying despite California's stay at home order, which was issued on March 19 by Governor Gavin Newsom.

Police Chief Andrew Mills noted that the men were driving from Fremont to get some "essential" drinks. Fremont is approximately 50 miles from Santa Cruz.

"If you are not from Santa Cruz and you put our community at risk, you will get a ticket,” Mills warned in the post.

While some spectators on Twitter praised the police department for their vigilance and helping to stop the spread of COVID-19, others weren't so sure.

Some noted that the police weren't practicing social distancing by grouping the men together. 

Others had a lot of questions. Will the fine be waived if they present a doctors note showing they aren’t a risk? 

California stay at home orders

As of April 13, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports there are 21,794 cases of COVID-19 in California. 

California's stay at home order requires all individuals to stay at their place of residence except as needed for emergencies, essential duties, and to "maintain continuity of operation of the federal critical infrastructure sectors."