Salem Extends Emergency Declaration and Curfew through June 8 to Preserve Peaceful Assembly

Posted on June 3, 2020

City of Salem – 06/02/20 6:00 PM

Salem, Ore. — As the State Capital and city of Peace, Salem has a long history of supporting peaceful demonstrations. For the past three nights, demonstrations for justice, freedom, and equality have been peaceful. Monday evening’s event and march are an example of our community’s values in action.

Later in the evening hours, our community has also experienced groups engaging in criminal behavior which place local businesses and community members in danger. To help avoid further violence and destruction of property, the City has put an evening curfew in place. We recognize curfews are a significant step and, in Salem, are only ordered if there is a threat to community safety. These curfews have been enacted to help the Salem Police Department maintain public safety and prevent further destruction and violence. Curfews are applied uniformly, and when individuals have refused multiple requests to disperse after peaceful assemblies and demonstrations end.

From Tuesday, June 2 beginning at 11 pm and each evening through Monday, June 8 at 6 am, an emergency has been declared and a curfew ordered. The extension of this order and curfew are intended to assure our community that we are taking seriously their right to peaceful assembly and that we will continue to protect that right. By extending the order and curfew through June 8, we are also assuring residents and businesses that we are taking their safety seriously. Delaying the curfew to begin at 11 pm, rather than earlier in the evening, lessens the impact on the local business community and their employees and allows peaceful group a full opportunity to demonstrate.

Specifically, the curfew will be in effect the following days and hours:

  • Tuesday, June 2 from 11 pm to Wednesday, June 3 at 6 am
  • Wednesday, June 3 from 11 pm to Thursday, June 4 at 6 am
  • Thursday, June 4 from 11 pm to Friday, June 5 at 6 am
  • Friday, June 5 from 11 pm to Saturday, June 6 at 6 am
  • Saturday, June 6 from 11 pm to Sunday, June 7 at 6 am
  • Sunday, June 7 from 11 pm to Monday, June 8 at 6 am.

Thank you, Salem.

See full emergency order: https://bit.ly/2020-06-02EmergencyOrder

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