Dueling alerts by county, city cause curfew confusion

Long Beach announced Monday morning that business districts would be under curfew at 1 p.m. and a citywide curfew would be imposed as of 4 p.m. in hopes of curtailing a repeat of the violence the city experienced Sunday night.

This afternoon, the county sent an emergency alert saying it had ordered a curfew from 6 p.m. today to 6 a.m. Tuesday for all cities in Los Angeles County, which includes Long Beach. The county then sent a second alert two minutes later clarifying that the curfew was to begin at 5 p.m.

Adding to the confusion, the city sent an alert about its local curfews at about 1:30 p.m., 30 minutes after the business corridor curfew had already gone into effect.

To be clear, the city’s curfew requirements stand, regardless of the county’s emergency messages.

Residents are being asked to stay off local 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

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Melissa has been a journalist for over two decades, starting her career as a reporter covering health and religion and moving into local news. She has worked as an editor for eight years, including seven years at the Press Telegram before joining the Long Beach Post in June 2018. She also serves as a part-time lecturer at Cal State Long Beach where she teaches multimedia journalism and writing.