11:30 a.m. Monday | Mayor Robert Garcia said the city will impose a citywide curfew at 4 p.m. in hopes of curtailing any further violence after Sunday’s largely peaceful protests were overshadowed by looters and vandals.
A 1 p.m. curfew will also be imposed for the city’s business districts. Both curfews will be in effect until 5 a.m., and may be extended if the situation warrants, according to a city statement.
Dozens of business owners in Downtown and elsewhere woke Monday to broken windows, merchandise stolen and strewn about and graffiti sprayed on walls. More than a 1,000 volunteers came out in force Monday morning to help clean the city, the mayor said.
On Sunday, the city imposed an 8 p.m. curfew that expired at 5 a.m. Monday.
The curfew means that no one can be on public streets, alleys, parks or other public places in the city. This includes traveling on foot, on a bicycle, motorcycle or vehicle, officials said.
The only people exempt are:
- Law enforcement
- Firefighting personnel and emergency health care providers
- Civilians engaged in police or emergency work
- People who need emergency care
- Individuals traveling to and from their place of work
- Representatives of the media
Also exempt is anyone securing and actively cleaning up businesses.
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