High Point city leaders declare State of Emergency, issue curfew

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Guilford Emergency Management officials confirmed to FOX8 that a curfew has been issued in High Point.

The curfew begins at 8 p.m. effective immediately.

High Point city leaders released a statement on Monday, saying a State of Emergency has been declared.

The full statement is provided below:

“A State of Emergency within the corporate limits of the City of High Point has been declared, commencing on the 1st day of June, 2020, and continuing until terminated by appropriate declaration issuing the same.

Section 1. Public Safety Curfew. A curfew is hereby imposed within the corporate limits of the City of High Point from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. for all persons, and during such curfew, all individuals except as stated below shall not be or travel upon any public street, alley, or roadway or upon public property. For purposes of this declaration, this curfew does not apply to:

– Law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other public employees;
– Doctors, nurses, employees of hospitals, and other medical facilities;
– On-duty military personnel, whether state or federal;
– On-duty employees of public utilities; public transportation companies; and newspaper, magazine, radio or television broadcasting companies; and
– Any person or travel deemed allowable or “essential” under Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Orders, including travel relating to places of worship.

Section 2. Restricted Access. Travel upon any public street, alley, or roadway or upon other public property within the corporate limits of the City of High Point is prohibited during the stated hours of the curfew, except by those in need of medical attention, food, or other commodity or service necessary to sustain the well-being of themselves or their family members.

Section 3. Restricted Business and Congregation. No business activity, keeping open of places of business, entertainment, or any other places of public assembly, is permitted within the corporate limits of the City of High Point during the stated hours of the curfew unless deemed “essential” under Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Orders.

Section 4. No Alcoholic Beverages. There shall be no sale, consumption, transportation, or possession of alcoholic beverages during the stated hours of the curfew, except possession or consumption is allowed on a person’s own premises.

Section 5. No Dangerous Weapons. There shall be no transportation, sale, purchase, storage, and use of gasoline, and dangerous weapons and substances within the corporate limits of the City of High Point during the stated hours of the curfew. This declaration does not authorize prohibitions or restrictions on lawfully possessed firearms or ammunition. As used in this section, the term “dangerous weapons and substances” has the same meaning as it does under G.S. § 14-288.1. As used in this section, the term “firearm” has the same meaning as it does under G.S. § 14-409.39(2).

Section 6. Other provisions. A copy of this Declaration shall be posted in the City Hall lobby by the City Clerk/Deputy City Clerk. Reports of the substance of the declaration shall be sent to the Public Information Officer for dissemination to the mass communications media that serves the affected area.

Any individual who violates any provision of an ordinance or a declaration enacted or declared pursuant to this section shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor in accordance with G.S. § 14-288.20A.

THEREFORE, I, MAYOR, DO HEREBY DECLARE THIS STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION ON THE 1ST DAY OF JUNE, 2020, AND CONTINUING UNTIL MODIFIED OR TERMINATED BY APPROPRIATE DECLARATION ISSUING THE SAME.”

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