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WATCH: Lynchburg officials hold press conference to discuss chaotic protests, mandatory curfew

Officials said the plan is to not arrest everyone who’s out tonight

11pm report of Lynchburg protests
11pm report of Lynchburg protests
Lynchburg officials hold press conference to discuss chaotic protests, mandatory curfew

Lynchburg leaders are holding a news conference to discuss last night's protests and tonight's mandatory curfew.

Posted by WSLS 10 / WSLS.com on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

LYNCHBURG, Va. – City Manager Bonnie Svrcek and Police Chief Ryan Zuidema held a news conference in City Council Chamber to discuss last night’s events and tonight’s mandatory curfew.

Starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Lynchburg police have the authority to enforce a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. after two nights of protests that turned violent.

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 personsStarting 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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