Curfews Are in Place in These Cities—Here are the Fines You Could Pay For Violating Them

As protests following the death of George Floyd continue, several cities have imposed curfews. Here we look at the restrictions in place and potential fines to be issued for violating curfews in different cities.

New York City, New York

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio extended the citywide curfew through to June 8, which will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. every night, the mayor confirmed in a post Tuesday on his official Twitter account.

Those exempt from the curfew include essential workers traveling to and from work, first responders, health care workers, emergency medical technicians and those seeking medical treatment or supplies.

An aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told The New York Times that curfew violations are considered a Class B misdemeanor, which carry maximum penalties of up to three months in prison or one year probation, according to the New York state government website.

The city government website also notes: "For the very few individuals that refuse to cooperate and do not fall within the exempted categories, they will be given every opportunity to return home. Only if an individual continuously refuses to do so will additional enforcement action be considered, including but not limited to fines."

Washington, D.C.

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced an extension of a curfew in the city at a press briefing on Wednesday afternoon. The curfew is now in effect from 11 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday. Bowser noted she wasn't sure whether any further extensions, if any, will be made after Thursday.

Seattle, Washington

A curfew issued by Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan is in place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time every night until 5 a.m. local time June 6, the office of the mayor confirmed.

The curfew does not apply to law enforcement officials, firefighters, military, emergency and medical personnel, government officials with valid identification, authorized members of the media, as well as those needing medical attention, the mayor's office notes.

The city asks "all residents and visitors to voluntarily abide by the curfew. The City does not intend to enforce the curfew, except for violations that result in public health and safety threats including fires, extensive property damage, and violence.

"The Seattle Police Department has made zero arrests related to the curfew since it was established on Saturday, May 30. Our intention with the curfew is to educate and encourage voluntary compliance, not enforcement. The goal of the curfew is to keep people safe and healthy," the mayor's office notes.

AlertSeattle: As a reminder, a 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew will be will be in effect tonight and each night through Saturday morning in the City of Seattle. You can find out more information at https://t.co/8mcZ5maTxl

— AlertSeattle (@AlertSeattle) June 3, 2020

Beverly Hills, California

A curfew has been imposed in several business districts in Beverly Hills, which is in effect from Wednesday 1 p.m. local time until Thursday 6 a.m. local time. The business districts under the curfew includes Rodeo Drive and the following streets:

  • Wilshire Boulevard
  • North and South Santa Monica Boulevards
  • Crescent Drive
  • La Cienega Boulevard
  • Robertson Boulevard
  • South Beverly Drive
  • Olympic Boulevard
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Burton Way
  • San Vicente Boulevard

A citywide curfew for Beverly Hills will be in effect from Wednesday 4 p.m. local time until Thursday at 6 a.m. local time.

Santa Monica, California

"The City of Santa Monica's curfew for Wednesday, June 3 is 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. on Thursday, June 4," the city government notes on its official Twitter account.

Speaking to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County government said: "LA County is still determining its course of action [on curfews].

"Curfew violation for LA County is not to exceed $1,000 or up to six months in county jail, or both. The amount depends on the judge. Each city has its own curfew code violations and different fines," the spokesperson said.

San Francisco

A curfew is in effect in San Francisco every night from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time, every night until further notice. Those exempt from the curfew included health care workers, government officials, among others.

"The curfew will continue as long as the danger to public safety warrants, and until the Mayor ends it or the Board of Supervisors does not concur in the continuation of the emergency," the San Francisco government website states.

According to a statement from the San Francisco Police Department: "Violation of this curfew is a misdemeanor under California Government Code Section 8665 and San Francisco Administrative Code Section 7.1 7, and violators may be subject to immediate arrest."

Speaking to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the Government of San Francisco said that violating the curfew order "requires a court appearance. Any penalty (fine or jail time) would be decided by the Court."

Chicago

A curfew has been issued in Chicago from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time for every night until further notice, while various suburbs of the Chicago area have also been issued several curfews, Chicago's ABC7 reports. They include:

  • Berwyn (8 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time, every night until further notice)
  • Cicero (8 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time, every night until Monday)
  • Blue Island (9 p.m. to 5 a.m., local time, every night until further notice
  • Calumet City (8 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time, every night until further notice)
  • Orland Park (9 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time, every night until further notice)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A citywide curfew in Philadelphia has been extended from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. local time Thursday.

"During this time, people may leave their homes only to go to work at essential businesses or to seek medical attention or police assistance," the Philadelphia city government confirmed on its official Twitter account.

Atlanta, Georgia

The city government of Atlanta announced several more curfews, including from 9:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday and Thursday night, with curfews ending at sunrise on both days.

"An 8:00 p.m. to sunrise curfew is effective Friday (6/5), Saturday (6/6) & Sunday (6/7). Exceptions apply to people seeking medical help, working, first responders & homeless," the city government confirmed on its official Twitter account.

Denver, Colorado

A curfew was introduced in Denver earlier this week, which is in effect from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time each night until 5 a.m. local time on June 5.

"Travel for essential activities needed for health and safety is permitted. Employees who need to travel to and from work are exempt," the Denver city government website states.

"Anyone caught violating this emergency regulation is subject to a fine not to exceed $999 or imprisonment for not more than 300 days," and "officers will enforce this curfew citywide," the website states.

I am extending Denver's citywide curfew for the next four nights. The curfew will take effect at 9p (not 8p) tonight as well as Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. The curfew will run through 5a each morning.

— Michael B. Hancock 😷 (@MayorHancock) June 1, 2020

All of Arizona

A "Declaration of Emergency" and curfew was issued across the state of Arizona by Gov. Doug Ducey. The curfew takes place every night from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. local time until 5 a.m. local time on June 8 "unless further extended," the governor's office confirms.

"This gives law enforcement an additional tool to prevent the lawlessness we've seen here and in cities nationwide. Police will be equipped to make arrests of individuals who are planning to riot, loot or cause damage and unrest," Ducey said in a statement.

A violation of the curfew order is deemed a Class One misdemeanor and carries up to six months in jail and a fine of $2,500, the governor's office confirms.

Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin issued a state of emergency and curfew in the city after protests turned violent on May 31. The protests on Sunday saw businesses burglarized, two reporters attacked and 24 people arrested, according to Patrick Smith, the chief of the Birmingham Police Department.

The curfew is in effect every night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time until further notice, the city government website confirms.

Woodfin said: "We're not playing. We're going to enforce the law," noting that those who violate the curfew will be arrested. Anyone violating a municipal ordinance, such as a curfew, faces a fine of $500 and a jail sentence of up to 180 days, according to Birmingham city code.

Miami, Florida

Carlos A. Gimenez, the mayor of Miami-Dade County (the county seat of which is Miami), issued a curfew from May 30, which is in effect from 9 p.m. through 6 a.m. local time every night.

Exemptions apply for first responders, health care workers, active duty police, fire rescue workers, utility workers, members of the media, as well as anyone returning directly home from work or walking their dog within 250 feet of their homes, the mayor's executive order states.

Atlantic City, New Jersey

A citywide curfew was issued earlier this week, which is in effect every night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. local time until 6 a.m. local time June 8, the Atlantic City Police Department confirmed in a post on its official Twitter account.

Those exempt from the curfew include law enforcement officials, medical staff and emergency response workers, among other essential workers.

Speaking to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the Atlantic City Police Department, Sergeant Kevin Fair, said: "The current curfew violation falls under an executive order that can be charged as a disorderly persons offense. These types of offenses may result in incarceration not to exceed six months, a fine, and/or community service."

"I want to note that it is a disorderly offense due to the State of Emergency issued by Governor [Phil] Murphy due to COVID-19. Additionally, as a result of the rioting on Sunday night, a local disaster order was signed by Mayor [Marty] Small," he added.

Scott County, Iowa

A curfew was issued earlier this week in Scott County from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. every night until June 2. The Scott County government notes, "We will continue to consult with local law enforcement daily on the security needs for the curfew to remain in effect and update citizens accordingly."

Speaking to Newsweek, a spokesperson for the Scott County government said: "We are re-evaluating the continued need for a curfew each day," adding that he "cannot speak to the question about fines. I do not know that information."

There has been no updated information on curfews for the cities of Minneapolis and Detroit at the time of reporting.

Newsweek has contacted the government offices of Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Chicago and Miami-Dade County for more information on the latest curfews.

This article has been updated with comment from the Atlantic City Police Department, the San Francisco Police Department, San Francisco city government and the Scott County government.

New York City protests June 2020
Protesters and others are arrested at night on the streets of Manhattan on June 02, 2020 in New York City.