Portland, Ore. – If you live in Portland, your cell phone probably starting buzzing again today around 4pm to remind you about the curfew. Mayor Ted Wheeler is extending his curfew order for the entire City of Portland following a second night of protests. The extended curfew will again go into effect Sunday night, May 31, at 8 p.m. and runs through 6 a.m. Monday. The Mayor first imposed a curfew order under the State of Emergency Declaration that he issued the morning of Saturday, May 30.
Here are some answers to questions Mayor Wheeler’s office has been getting:
Does the curfew apply throughout the entire City of Portland? Yes. All parts of the City are important and valued, and the safety of the whole City should be protected to the same degree by the curfew.
When does the curfew apply? The curfew applies from 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31st to 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1st.
Will there be additional curfews on other days? Depending on how events unfold, there may be additional curfews announced. The safety of our community is the highest priority for the City.
How will the curfew be enforced? The City asks all Portlanders to voluntarily adhere to the curfew to help protect the safety of our community. The curfew is a tool to address the kind of behavior that caused fires, property damage, and personal injury in the City on Friday night, and not to intrude into people’s lives.
I’m scheduled to work during the curfew. Can I still travel to go to work? Can my employees still report to work during the curfew? Yes, people are allowed to travel to and from work during the curfew.
Are businesses required to close during the curfew? The curfew does not require businesses to close, but it does mean that the public should not be travelling to and from businesses like restaurants or retailers during the curfew, so some business may choose to close during these hours.
I use public transportation, or a ride-hailing app, for transportation. Am I allowed to use those during the curfew? Yes, you can use public transportation like TriMet, or a ride-hailing app like Lyft or Uber, to travel for any purpose allowed under the curfew. These methods of transportation will continue to operate unless circumstances require them to be closed to protect public health and safety.
What if I need to go to the hospital during the curfew? People are allowed to seek emergency medical care during the curfew.
My situation at home is not safe, and I may need to leave. Can I leave during the curfew to avoid an unsafe living situation? Yes, the curfew allows people to leave unsafe circumstances, which would include domestic violence, fire, criminal conduct, or any other unsafe circumstance.
I am experiencing homelessness and don’t have a place to go inside. How does the curfew apply to me? The curfew does not apply to those experiencing homelessness since they do not have another place to go. The City asks those experiencing homelessness to help protect the safety of the community by voluntarily restricting their travel in public places during the curfew.
Are there other exemptions from the curfew? The curfew also does not apply to law enforcement, fire fighters, medical personnel, or members of the news media.
How is the City’s curfew different from the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order? The City’s curfew is aimed at protecting public safety and reducing property damage and personal injury during a civil disturbance, while the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order is aimed at reducing the spread of the coronavirus. However, under both the curfew and Stay Home order, Portlanders should be remaining at home whenever possible, and the curfew only applies during the limited hours from 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31st to 6:00 a.m. on Monday, June 1st, unless extended.
What are the penalties for violating the curfew? Violation of the curfew is subject to a fine of not more than $500.00 and to potential violation of local, state, and federal law.
Read a copy of the curfew order here:
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The Mayor of Portland had stern words for protesters Sunday morning, after at least 48 people were reportedly arrested for breaking curfew and other reasons Saturday night.
In a press conference Mayor Ted Wheeler condemned the behavior of some protesters saying “the death of George Floyd and so many others has been co-opted by rioters and looters to use the moral soul of this movement as cover to destroy our communities”.
The mayor continued on “It no longer feels like sincere mourning for the death of George Floyd and many other black men and women in our country, this behavior that we’ve seen for the second night is blatant lawlessness and selfish violence”.
The mayor continued on to thank first responders including firefighters, police officers and 911 operators for their efforts to contain the situation.