Everything You Need To Know About New York City’s Curfew

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June 02, 2020 - 9:52 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York City’s curfew has been extended for the remainder of the week, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. 

The city did not say how they would be enforcing the curfew, but said they expect New Yorkers to cooperate.

“For the very few individuals that refuse to cooperate and do not fall within the exempted categories, they will be given every opportunity to return home. Only if an individual continuously refuses to do so will additional enforcement action be considered, including but not limited to fines,” the mayor’s office said in a statement. 

WHEN IS THE CURFEW IN EFFECT?

The curfew will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day through  June 8.

WHO IS EXEMPT?

According to the mayor's executive order, the curfew does not apply to: police officers, peace officers, firefighters, first responders and emergency medical technicians, individuals travelling to and from essential work and performing essential work — including health care workers, the media and faith leaders —people experiencing homelessness and without access to a viable shelter, and individuals seeking medical treatment or medical supplies.

"The curfew only bars people who are not performing essential work from being in public from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.," the city said.

CAN I WALK MY DOG?

Yes, but only in the immediate vicinity of your residence. Dogs should be exercised outside of curfew hours. 

HOW WILL TRAFFIC BE IMPACTED?

All vehicle traffic below 96th Street in Manhattan will be closed June 2 during the curfew to anyone that does not have an exempted reason. Some may be stopped and required to state their reason for traveling.

“If you are stopped, you only need to identify yourself as an essential worker. If you have them, you could also show a work ID, a business card, any other official documents, or even a work uniform, but these are not required,” the city announced. 

For-Hire vehicle service will be suspended from 8 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. on June 2 and may resume after to assist essential workers coming and going to work or individuals seeking medical treatment only, the mayor’s office announced. 

Yellow or Green Taxis operating between 8 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. on June 2 must be transporting an essential worker. Passengers may be required to provide a valid reason for their travel to NYPD.

CitiBike and Revel rentals will also be suspended during the curfew on June 2. They will resume when the curfew is lifted at 5 a.m.

It's not clear if these measures will be in effect all week.

The MTA will continue operating during the curfew.

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, the following jobs are considered essential:

  • Healthcare operations including research and laboratory services
  • Infrastructure including utilities, telecommunication, airports and transportation infrastructure
  • Manufacturing, including food processing and pharmaceuticals
  • Essential retail including grocery stores and pharmacies
  • Services including trash collection, mail, and shipping services
  • News media
  • Banks and related financial institutions
  • Providers of basic necessities to economically disadvantaged populations
  • Construction
  • Vendors of essential services necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences or other essential businesses
  • Vendors that provide essential services or products, including logistics and technology support, childcare 
  • Services needed to ensure the continuing operation of government agencies and provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public

“Essential work” is work performed by essential businesses or entities as defined or permitted by the Empire State Development Corporation.

Anyone in need of emergency assistance is encouraged to call 911 during the curfew. They will be permitted to travel overnight if seeking medical treatment or supplies. 

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