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SLC Mayor enacts week-long nighttime curfew after Saturday's protest

Posted at 5:38 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 20:03:18-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall has enacted a week-long nighttime curfew following Saturday's violent downtown protest.

In an emergency proclamation signed Monday, Mayor Mendenhall declared a nighttime curfew beginning at 8 p.m. and ending at 6 a.m. each night, ending June 8.

During the curfew, people are told to stay off of public streets and sidewalks and out of parks and other public spaces. Exceptions include:

  • All law enforcement, fire paramedics or other medical personnel, Utah National Guard, as well as any other emergency response personnel authorized by Salt Lake City, and credentialed members of the media.
  • Individuals traveling directly to and from work; attending religious services; obtaining food; caring for a family member, friend or animal; traveling directly to and from the Salt Lake City International Airport; patronizing private businesses including but not limited to merchants and restaurants; seeking medical care, fleeing dangerous circumstances, or experiencing homelessness.
  • Any person to whom permission by authorized Salt Lake City officials is specifically granted.

“The decision to continue a curfew here in Salt Lake City was not made lightly. But as we’ve seen throughout the country, the valid frustration many people feel continues to exhibit itself beyond the bounds of peaceful discourse,” Mayor Mendenhall said in a statement late Monday. “While Salt Lake City respects and understands the anger people legitimately feel, and welcomes the presence of peaceful protests, the safety of our city, our public safety officers, and our residents must come first.”

Read the proclamation here: