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Posted on: May 30, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City implements curfew for downtown Eugene on Saturday night

The City of Eugene is enacting a temporary nighttime curfew in downtown Eugene from 9:00 p.m. Saturday May 30 through 6:00 a.m. May 31.

City Manager Pro Tem Sarah Medary signed a local emergency declaration Saturday and implemented the curfew to ensure public safety following incidents of violence and damage in downtown Eugene.

The curfew applies to the area from High Street to Monroe Street and from 13th Avenue to 4th Avenue. During the hours of the curfew, people are not allowed to travel on any public street or in any public place in that area. Prohibited travel includes automobile, bicycle, foot, public transit and any other mode of personal transportation.

The curfew does not apply to people seeking emergency care, fleeing dangerous circumstances, sheltering in place, traveling to and from employment or making commercial deliveries.

Violating the city’s curfew order is a misdemeanor offense and is punishable by a fine up to $500 or confinement in jail up to 100 days, or both fine and imprisonment.

The curfew order follows incidents of violence and damage in downtown Eugene late Friday evening and early Saturday.

“The intent is not to impede the lawful rights of people to assemble or protest,” said Medary. “This is about protecting the safety of our community. Last night, individuals took advantage of a peaceful protest in response to the death of George Floyd, to inflict damage and destruction on our community. That’s not acceptable. The City fully supports the rights of the protesters and free speech, we do not support illegal behavior that puts our local businesses and community members in harm’s way.”

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