Greensboro will be under a citywide curfew starting this evening at 8, Mayor Nancy Vaughn announced Monday.
"I am issuing a citywide curfew effective immediately," Vaughan said in a brief announcement. "Please plan accordingly."
The curfew follows two days of protests in various parts of the city that began peacefully but ended in violence and looting.
In a statement, Vaughan said she was imposing the curfew "as a result of the escalating violence that has come to Greensboro over the weekend."
“I am concerned more about the possible loss of life and injuries for our residents," she said. "The curfew is necessary to protect the public health, safety and welfare of our community.”
She said the curfew will restrict citywide travel between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
In a post on Twitter earlier today, Vaughan said that an official declaration imposing the curfew would be forthcoming.
The mayor said those exempt from the curfew would include:
- Law enforcement officers, firefighters and other public safety employees;
- Doctors, nurses, employees of hospitals or other medical facilities;
- Employees of public utilities and public transportation companies;
- On-duty military personnel
- News media, journalists
- Individuals traveling between work and their residence
- Individuals seeking medical care