Mayor Lightfoot announces curfew, addresses violent protests in Chicago

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Mayor Lightfoot speaks about protests in the City of Chicago, May 30, 2020 (WGN-TV)

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other city leaders addressed the violent protests that have broken out in the city in reaction to the death of George Floyd. Lightfoot announced a curfew that would go into effect at 9pm until 6am. Hear the full press conference here:

The City of Chicago released the following details regarding the curfew:

CITY ENACTS CURFEW AS OF 9:00 P.M. SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2020

The City of Chicago under Mayor Lightfoot and Commissioner of Public Health Dr. Allison Arwady have issued a joint curfew for all residents and visitors, effective from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. daily beginning Saturday, May 30, until further notice.

The curfew is enforceable by law and restricts people from remaining in any public place – including but not limited to streets and highways, and common areas of schools, hospitals, office buildings and shops; or on the premises of any establishment – defined as any privately owned business operated for a profit to which the public is invited, within the City of Chicago during curfew hours. The curfew excludes persons engaged in essential activities as defined in the Municipal Code, Order 2020-3 (listed here under Section 2.5).

The Chicago Police Department will enforce the curfew through measures including warnings, fines and/or arrests.

Those who need to return home from the Loop tonight can exit by foot or vehicle via the South Loop or the La Salle Street Bridge, and can access the CTA outside of the loop.

Mayor Lightfoot, Dr. Arwady and Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown continue to reiterate that their number one priority is the safety and health of all residents, including protestors and police officers.

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