RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The city of Riverside issued a citywide curfew Monday that will take effect at 7 p.m. and continue until 6 a.m. Tuesday.
The curfew is due to civil unrest arising out of the protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The city of Riverside declared a local emergency as a result of the unrest across Southern California. Riverside Police Chief Larry Gonzalez said he requested this curfew to help maintain the peace and safety of all residents, business owners, and visitors of Riverside.
“Although we are expecting a peaceful and safe demonstration that will allow our community members to express their First Amendment rights, we will effectively address any attempts to disrupt those engaging in peaceful protest,” stated Gonzalez. “Riverside is a city of unity and inclusivity, and we know our residents and businesses do not invite the criminal behaviors we’ve witnessed elsewhere.”
During the curfew, no person will be allowed in any public place with the exception of:
• Police, Fire, or Emergency Operations personnel
• Members of the National Guard or other responding military personnel
• People travelling to and from work
• Authorized members of the media
• Individuals seeking or providing emergency medical care
• Essential workers
• Individuals experiencing homelessness
The curfew is not expected to last beyond this 11-hour period, but can be extended at the request of Chief Gonzalez, if necessary.