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Fayetteville mayor: Curfew needed to limit social gatherings

Posted March 30, 2020 2:31 p.m. EDT
Updated March 31, 2020 5:46 p.m. EDT

— Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin is taking the statewide stay-at-home order a step further. Starting Wednesday, police there will enforce a curfew from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“I think this will help address any of the gaps that the current order doesn’t address," Colvin said, pointing to house parties and other social gatherings.

Colvin said photos on social media prompted his action.

"There were pictures of gatherings at recreational parks, house parties and different things, things that are certainly discouraged during this important time of social distancing," Colvin said.

The city took down basketball hoops and backboards at Smith Recreation Center after it was the site of large weekend pickup game.

"We need our citizens to know this is a serious matter, and the City of Fayetteville will use whatever tools we have in our toolbox to make sure we keep the city safe."

Fayetteville's overnight curfew is in effect from April 1 through 30 unless the mayor decided to lift it sooner.

"What I’m specifically targeting are activities that take place after most other peoples' work hours, after most stores have closed," Colvin said. "We just want to make sure we really mitigate the social gatherings and continue to encourage social distancing, and I think curfew is a perfect way to do it.”

Fayetteville Chief of Police Gina Hawkins said the curfew gives her officers probable cause to stop people during those hours and to make sure anyone who is out is doing so for one of the essential reasons outlined by the governor's stay at home order. They would have the option to detain, cite or even fine those found to be in violation.

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