Charlotte residents are under a midnight to 6 a.m. curfew until further notice.
Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department enacted the citywide curfew on Thursday night, amid protests over Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.
The protests have turned violent: On Wednesday night, a 26-year-old man was fatally shot on East Trade Street; and police have not said whether they believe the shooting was random or if they have a suspect. Police have suffered minor injuries, and uptown businesses have been damaged and looted.
The curfew bans travel on public streets and public property.
Exemptions include going out for such essentials as food and medical services.
Doctors, nurses and employees of hospitals and medical center are exempt, as are employees of public utilities, military personnel and the media.
The curfew will remain until the end of the State of Emergency is declared or the official proclamation is revoked.
Gov. Pat McCrory declared the State of Emergency and ushered in the National Guard and State Highway Patrol troopers.
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City of Charlotte Curfew FAQ’s
How will the curfew be enforced?
A violation of the curfew restriction is a Class 2 misdemeanor and a violation of G.S. 14-288.20A.
Are schools, daycares etc. exempt from the curfew?
Travel for services necessary to sustain the well -being of citizens or their families are exempt from the curfew.
Are neighboring town subject to the curfew?
The curfew only applies within the corporate limits of the City of Charlotte.
How does the curfew impact visitors?
The curfew applies to visitors as well as citizens of Charlotte unless they fall under one of the exemptions.
How will the curfew impact commuters or travel to airport?
The curfew would not impact commuters or travel to the airport.
Does the curfew impact access to private streets?
No. The curfew only applies to public streets, alleys, or roadways or upon any public property, except by those in search of medical assistance, food or other commodity or service necessary to sustain the wellbeing or themselves or their families.
How will the curfew impact businesses such as restaurants and bars that are open after midnight?
The curfew restricts travel for non-exempt purposes within the City of Charlotte from midnight to 6 a.m. Patrons who leave establishments such as bars and restaurants will be impacted if they need to travel on the roadways during the curfew hours.
Are media outlets exempt from the curfew?
All media are an exception.
- Source: City of Charlotte webpage