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Curfews in place in four parts of NC as coronavirus pandemic spreads

Posted April 3, 2020 8:10 p.m. EDT
Updated April 5, 2020 8:30 a.m. EDT

As the situation with the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, four different parts of North Carolina have implemented curfews in an effort to maximize social distancing.

Here's everything you need to know about these orders from where they're in effect, who is exempt from them and how long you can expect them to last.

  • Fayetteville - Mayor Mitch Colvin issued an order for a curfew enforced by the police department from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. that went into effect on Wednesday. "We need our citizens to know that this is a serious matter, and the City of Fayetteville will use whatever tools we have in our toolbox to keep the city safe," Colvin said. The curfew is scheduled to last through April 30 unless it is lifted earlier. The city also further tightened the restrictions on social gatherings. These restrictions do not apply to COVID-19 essential businesses.

  • Roanoke Rapids - The city of Roanoke Rapids issued a curfew that spans the same timeframe as Fayetteville's, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m, that goes into effect on Friday night. Mayor Emery Doughtie's order will also be enforced by the local police department and also exempts police officers, healthcare workers and those who work for other essential businesses. Unlike Fayetteville's curfew, that of Roanoke Rapids does not have a set expiration date and will be in effect until the mayor rescinds it.

  • Halifax County - Halifax County also amended its state of emergency declaration to include a curfew. It will also be in effect nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m, and will similarly exclude first responders, healthcare providers and employees of other businesses and services deemed essential under statewide guidelines. Halifax County's curfew goes into effect on Friday night and will remain in effect until further notice.

  • Franklin County - Franklin County also made a declaration to institute a curfew. Its curfew will also last from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m, but it will not go into effect until April 5. The proclamation released by the county confirms that there have been multiple instances of community spread within the county, and officials want to do what they can to limit that. Chairman Sidney Dunston issued the proclamation and stated that it will last throughout the effective dates of Governor Cooper's Stay-At-Home order. Youngsville mayor Fonzie Flowers stated that the order will not apply within the corporate limits of Youngsville and that the town of Youngsville has no intention to to institute a curfew.

WRAL News will provide updates as to further curfews issued by other municipalities or counties relating to the COVID-19 pandemic as they are announced across the area.

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