SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall has enacted a new curfew for all of Salt Lake City. The new curfew begins tonight, Monday, June 1, and extends through Monday June 8.
The curfew begins each evening at 8 p.m. and ends at 6 a.m.
For those who live and work in Salt Lake City, the curfew means that you are asked to stay off of public streets and sidewalks. You are also asked to stay out of parks and other public spaces.
“The decision to continue a curfew here in Salt Lake City was not made lightly,” said Mayor Mendenhall in a statement.
“But as we’ve seen throughout the country, the valid frustration many people feel continues to exhibit itself beyond the bounds of peaceful discourse.”
“While Salt Lake City respects and understands the anger people legitimately feel, and welcomes the presence of peaceful protests, the safety of our city, our public safety officers, and our residents must come first.”
Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown also commented on the new curfew.
“It is with a heavy heart that we enact another curfew,” said Chief Mike Brown. “I hope and pray it is the last, and that we can do the hard work of building a better city together.”
The statement received by KSL Newsradio says that the mayor’s decision to create the new curfew came after a consultation with both Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown and Governor Gary Herbert.
According to the Mayor’s statement: “During the hours of curfew, people may not be on a public street or in any public place with the following exceptions:
- All law enforcement, fire paramedics or other medical personnel, Utah National Guard, as well as any other emergency response personnel authorized by Salt Lake City, and credentialed members of the media.
- Individuals traveling directly to and from work; attending religious services; obtaining food; caring for a family member, friend or animal; traveling directly to and from the Salt Lake City International Airport; patronizing private businesses including but not limited to merchants and restaurants; seeking medical care, fleeing dangerous circumstances, or experiencing homelessness.
- Any person to whom permission by authorized Salt Lake City officials is specifically granted.”
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