Lynchburg makes curfew violation a misdemeanor offense, starting Tuesday night

Curfew goes from 8 p.m to 6 a.m.

Lynchburg officials announce a local state of emergency on June 1, 2020.
Lynchburg officials announce a local state of emergency on June 1, 2020. (City of Lynchburg)

LYNCHBURG, Va. – What was originally announced as a voluntary curfew has now been given teeth, but not until tomorrow.

Starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Lynchburg police have the authority to enforce a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

The curfew was announced Monday afternoon, and although the curfew is in effect Monday night, police will not be enforcing it.

Beginning Tuesday night, curfew violations will be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.

Under the curfew, people should not be present on any street, road and park with the following exceptions:

  • People traveling to and from home, work, or places of worship
  • Hospital personnel
  • Members of the press
  • State and City of Lynchburg employees and volunteers
  • Military personnel including, but not limited to, National Guard troops
  • Employees of public utility companies
  • Private emergency medical transport workers
  • Persons seeking emergency services
  • Homeless persons

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