Sac Declares Public Emergency, Imposes Curfew In Response Protest Violence

The City of Sacramento has declared a local public emergency and imposed a citywide curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. starting Monday night and lasting until further notice. The announcement was made during a Monday evening Zoom news conference.

This is the first time in the history of Sacramento that a citywide curfew has been imposed, and the City Council will revisit it daily to determine if it is still necessary.

The City is asking residents to voluntarily adhere to the curfew, but the police have the option make arrests, and violators could face misdemeanor penalties of up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both. Mayor Steinberg said he doesn't expect to see check points on the streets.

While the curfew is in affect, you are allowed to travel to and from work, seek emergency medical care, leave unsafe circumstances like domestic violence, fire, crime, or any other unsafe circumstance. Businesses that are open to the public must close no later than 8:00 p.m. each night.

The curfew also does not apply to people working in law enforcement, military personnel, fire fighters, medical personnel, or members of the news media.

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