The Los Angeles County curfew for Monday is still scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. despite an emergency alert that “mistakenly” announced that it would begin sooner.
On Monday morning, officials with Los Angeles County announced that they were extending the previous day’s curfew, and would require all residents within the county to stay at home between 6 p.m. Monday and 6 a.m. Tuesday.
The extension and the original curfew were put in place due to what L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva called “civil disturbances.” These “disturbances” stem from protests across the county following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.
However, an emergency alert was sent out several hours later to all residents within the County stating that the curfew would now last from 5 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Stephanie English, who serves as a field deputy for Supervisor Kathryn Barger, called the alert a “mistake” minutes after it was issued.
“The curfew starts at 6 o’clock,” she added.
Moments after that, the official Los Angeles County Twitter account posted a tweet restating that the curfew county-wide would not begin until 6 p.m. Monday, with the caveat that “other cities may issue their own stricter curfew orders.”
🚨A countywide curfew is now in effect from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM. Other cities may issue their own stricter curfew orders. @CityofBevHills, @MyGlendale, @LongBeachCity and @santamonicacity have issued stricter curfews at this time. 🚨 pic.twitter.com/MFzFyabqIT
— Los Angeles County (@CountyofLA) June 1, 2020
However, the City of Santa Clarita will not be enacting a stricter curfew, at least for Monday night and Tuesday morning, City spokesperson Carrie Lujan confirmed Monday afternoon.
To ensure a “timely departure” of all residents before the 6 p.m. curfew, all Los Angeles County golf courses, trails, community gardens, community and regional parks were closed at 4 p.m. Monday.
The curfew in Los Angeles County does not apply to individuals going to or from work, those experiencing homelessness and without a viable shelter and those seeking medical treatment, according to the action.
The Los Angeles County curfew also does not apply to peace officers, firefighters, the National Guard or any other military personnel, according to the order.
Anyone found in violation of the L.A. County curfew is subject to a misdemeanor charge, punishable by a $1,000 fine, imprisonment not exceeding six months, or both, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents the fifth district including Santa Clarita, has declared a state of emergency after looting and other crimes have been reported throughout the county.
“This emergency comes as we are in the midst of battling another emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This taxes our resources, but not our resolve,” Barger said. “We will do everything in our power to keep our communities safe and protect lives and property. I continue to call on our residents to maintain calm and seek solutions productively, not destructively.”Do you have a news tip? Call us at (661) 298-1220, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox. Report a typo or error, email Corrections@hometownstation.com
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