PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

5/31/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 053120
Subject:
City of Long Beach Proclaims Local Emergency and Orders Citywide Curfew Tonight
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
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jic@longbeach.gov (Media Inquiries only)
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Long Beach, CA - Today, the City of Long Beach proclaimed a local citywide emergency and a citywide curfew effective at 8 p.m. 

“America with all of our diversity has a dark and long history with race - and Long Beach has not been exempt from this. Over the last several days and after nearly three months of battling COVID-19 as a nation, we are seeing civil unrest and protests. We hear you and are listening,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “Over the next few days we are expecting to see actions and demonstrations in Long Beach and for those who are choosing to participate, it is vital that you exercise your first amendment rights safely and without harm to life or property. Take care of each other and our community. Long Beach prides ourselves in our diversity and our long march towards justice. We can do better - and we will.”

Effective immediately, curfew is ordered from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. within the City of Long Beach. No persons shall travel or be upon the public streets, avenues, alleys, parks, ways or any other public place in the City of Long Beach for the duration of this curfew, except as expressly authorized. For the purposes of this curfew regulation, “travel” shall include, but is not limited to, traveling on foot, bicycle, skateboard, scooter, motorcycle, or automobile or any other means of conveyance.

Law enforcement personnel, firefighting personnel, emergency health care providers, emergency medical personnel, civilians engaged in police or emergency work, individuals seeking emergency care, individuals travelling to and from their place of employment and representatives of the media are exempt.

City Manager Tom Modica, as the Director of Civil Defense of the City of Long Beach, today proclaimed a local emergency in Long Beach and ordered the curfew per the powers listed in the Municipal Code.

On May 30, 2020, due to ongoing acts of civil unrest and limited local resources, Governor Gavin Newsom proclaimed a State of Emergency for all of Los Angeles County and directed all residents to heed the advice of local emergency officials. Long Beach Municipal Code 2.69 empowers the Director of Civil Defense (City Manager) to proclaim, subject to ratification by the City Council within seven days, the existence or threatened existence of a local emergency when the City is affected or likely to be affected by a disaster or major emergency and the Council is not in session.

The curfew will remain in effect until 5 a.m. June 1, 2020, unless extended if the situation warrants. 

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