Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard has issued Executive Order 2020-08 declaring a mandatory nighttime curfew applicable to all public streets and public places located in Carmel. This curfew is similar to the curfew imposed in the City of Indianapolis. This curfew will become effective today, June 2, 2020 at 9 p.m. EDT and last until 5 a.m. EDT the following morning. This curfew will be in effect until further notice.
For purposes of this Order, “public streets” and “public places” mean any place, whether on privately or publicly owned property, that is accessible and open to the general public. This includes, but is not limited to, streets and roads, alleys, highways, driveways, sidewalks, parks, plazas, parking lots, parking garages, and vacant lots.
“Setting this curfew at 9 p.m. gives our officers adequate time to ensure the curfew is being followed prior to nightfall, which makes for a safer transition. My number one priority will remain the safety of all in our community and I will do all I can to assist in that effort,” explained Mayor Brainard.
This curfew applies to all who may be moving about the city whether by vehicle, bike, scooter, on foot or any other means of moving from place to place. There are some exemptions to the curfew and those include:
- Law-enforcement, fire, medical, and other public safety personnel;
- Members of the news media;
- Federal, state, or local public officials doing work deemed necessary by the public agency that employs them;
- Persons traveling directly to or directly from work, seeking medical care, or fleeing from dangerous circumstances; and,
- Persons engaged in employment necessary to maintain a safe rail system, restore utility service, or provide other emergency public services.
“We have received threats directed toward our community and we cannot ignore their implications. I appreciate the fact that the mayor is taking this matter with the attention necessary to better ensure the safety of our community,” said Carmel Police Chief Jim Barlow.
Source: City of Carmel