New San Francisco Curfew Due To Protests Will Impact Businesses Reopening

Bob Butler
May 31, 2020 - 1:48 pm

    San Francisco Mayor London Breed has implemented a curfew for the for the foreseeable future due to the protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

    The new restrictions will impact the reopening of businesses in the city after being closed or operating at limited capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Breed said that while it’s common for protests in San Francisco to start peacefully, fires are set, cars are damaged and stores are looted after the sun goes down.

    “That is really not something we could tolerate… and in watching the videos, I was extremely upset because unfortunately, some of the vandals thought this was a game,” Breed said. “They thought this was funny. And it’s not funny.”

    San Francisco Fire Department Chief Jean Nicholson said her crew were busy all night.

    “We responded to dozens and dozens of fires throughout different parts of the city that were intentionally set,” Nicholson said.

    The 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew does not apply to essential workers. According to a press release from the city, the curfew excludes: law enforcement, firefighters, other City and County employees engaged in authorized emergency operations, members of the National Guard, authorized representatives of the press and people experiencing homelessness.

    Police Chief Bill Scott said it does, however, apply to retail stores and restaurants doing curbside pickup.

    “What I will tell you is if you’re not supposed to be out, you’re subject to being stopped, you’re subject to being cited within the law,” Scott said. “So think about that before you go out.”