Orange County Mayor Demings has rolled out a curfew for all of Orange County, including the City of Orlando, as of Sunday, May 31.
The curfew, which will run from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. until further notice, was announced as a reaction to demonstrations that took place in downtown Orlando where a number of protesters were arrested for allegedly throwing fireworks and bottles at police officers.
Six people were arrested after a group of protesters managed to shut down the 408 expressway for 35-minutes, following nearly six hours of peaceful demonstrations downtown. Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon confirmed the use of pepper spray and a “chemical agent” on protesters to “safely de-escalate the situation and avoid a physical altercation with the demonstrators.” You can watch his statement below via the Orlando Police Twitter page.
According to the Orange County, Florida Executive Order paperwork that was filed at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, May 31, which you can see HERE, the curfew is currently meant to be a seven-day extension to the original March 12, 2020 State of Local Emergency order and should last through at least June 5.
“All pedestrian and vehicular movement, standing and parking, except for individuals commuting to and from places of employment, the provision of fire, police, emergency and hospital services, medical patients utility repairs, state and local government employees providing services, and emergency calls by physicians within the above curfew area, are prohibited during curfew hours.
Curfew hours during which such movement is prohibited shall be each day from 10:00 P.M. until 5:00 A.M., commencing on Sunday, May 31, 2020, until terminated by executive order. Any and all persons abroad on the streets and sidewalks within any curfew area during the curfew period and not engaged in the provision of the above mentioned services shall be subject to arrest as provided in Section 901. 15(1), Florida Statutes.
Anyone who violates any prohibition, restriction, or regulation made herein unless language to the contrary appears herein, shall upon conviction be punished according to law and shall be subject to a fine not exceeding the sum of Five Hundred Dollars($500) or imprisonment in the County jail for a period not exceeding sixty (60) days, or by
both such fine and imprisonment.”
Exemptions include individuals who are leaving or going to work, first responders, and medical emergencies.