Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a second citywide curfew Monday, as the city tries to double down on violence during police brutality protests expected to continue in the coming days.
Bowser said she will activate the curfew at 7:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday night before lifting restrictions at 6:00 a.m. the following mornings. The announcement comes as Bowser tries to simmer tensions that have battered local businesses and led to clashes with police during the past three nights of protests over the killing of George Floyd.
“During the hours of the curfew, no person, other than persons designated by the Mayor, shall walk, bike, run, loiter, stand or motor by car or other mode of transport upon any street, alley, park or other public place within the District,” Bowser tweeted.
Bowser said the order will exempt essential workers like health care professionals and media personnel, in addition to voters and election volunteers participating in the June 2 D.C. primary.
The announcement comes a day after Bowser’s first curfew order lasted from 11:00 p.m. Sunday night to 6:00 a.m. Monday morning. D.C. protesters skirmished with police in the third straight night of intense confrontation that surpassed the curfew despite Bowser’s orders for residents to stay home.
Capital Bikeshare went offline for the second consecutive night, closing its D.C. rental system from 7:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday night until 6:00 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday morning when the curfew lifts. Officials also announced the company will “indefinitely” close all 20 of its stations posted within three blocks of the White House.
Metro General Manager and CEO Paul Wiedefeld announced that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is ending Metro rail service at 8:00 p.m. and bus service at 9 p.m. Monday in accordance with the curfew, Montgomery County, Md. Councilmember Tom Hucker tweeted.