Here’s What You Need To Know About The Citywide Curfew
UPDATE, Monday, June 8: New York City’s Curfew Has Ended: What You Need To Know.
Mayor de Blasio has issued a citywide 8p curfew for this week, following Monday night’s 11p curfew in light of the recent protests over the police killing of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.
According to de Blasio’s executive order issuing the curfew, failure to comply could result in a Class B misdemeanor. It’s not entirely clear how seriously that curfew will be enforced — Monday night, Governor Cuomo doubled the police force from 4,000 to 8,000, but people were still out after hours. Still, it’s a good idea to keep in mind what services will and will not be available after 8p. Chiefly: Citi Bike, which announced last-minute on Monday that it would comply with the curfew, and shut down service from 11p to 5a.
The same goes for Tuesday night: no new Revel scooter or Citi Bike rentals after 8p, though riders can still return their bikes post-shutdown. (If you don’t see an open dock at a station when you arrive, you can use the kiosk screen to find available docks at nearby stations.) Uber and Lyft will still operate after hours, and the subway will remain open until 11p (it’s still shut down overnight indefinitely). MTA buses will continue to run as normal.
Note that essential workers, including restaurant and delivery workers, and homeless New Yorkers are exempt from the curfew order — though, again, thanks to the Citi Bike shutdown, some may have trouble getting home. The order also exempts “individuals seeking medical treatment or medical supplies,” as well as hospital workers, first responders, and other essential employees.
New York City has not enacted a curfew since 1943, when Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia imposed an emergency citywide curfew over a series of riots in Harlem. Coincidentally, those riots were sparked after a white police officer shot a black soldier.