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​Updated: 9/23/2016 5:23 p.m.

​City of Charlotte Curfew FAQs

Beginning Sept. 23, 2016, a curfew will be imposed at midnight until 6 a.m. each evening and to continue until the end of the State of Emergency is declared or until the Proclamation is revoked.​ ​View the full addendum to the proclamation of  a state of emergency

How will the curfew be enforced? 
A violation of the curfew restriction is a Class 2 misdemeanor and a violation of G.S. 14-288.20A.

Are schools, daycares etc. exempt from the curfew? 
Travel for services necessary to sustain the well -being of citizens or their families are exempt from the curfew. 

Can people contact someone to get an exemption? 
No, City of Charlotte Ordinance does NOT provide for exemptions.   

Why were protesters allowed past curfew Thursday night? 
Law enforcement remains focused on protecting people and property and their goal is to encourage safe and reasonable behavior.  People who are confronted by law enforcement are initially given a warning, if they continue violating the curfew after receiving the warning they are issued a citation, if they continue to violate the curfew they will be arrested as the third step.  

Are neighboring town subject to the curfew? 
The curfew only applies within the corporate limits of the City of Charlotte.

How does the curfew impact visitors? 
The curfew applies to visitors as well as citizens of Charlotte unless they fall under one of the exemptions. 

Does the curfew apply to County properties such as parks or greenways (for example, early morning runners on the greenway)? 
No. The curfew applies to City of Charlotte property and to public streets, alleys and roadways so it is worth noting that the roads leading to and from County Properties that are inside Charlotte City limits are subject to the curfew.

How does the curfew affect 24-hour grocery stores and pharmacies? 
Businesses are allowed to individually decide their operating hours. A 24-hour grocery store or pharmacy meets the definition of an essential service that is necessary to serve the safety, health, and welfare needs of the people within the city.

Are business establishments required to close? 
No. Businesses fall under the exception to the curfew. The state of emergency did not restrict the types of items that can be sold by retail establishments.  

How does the curfew impacted the homeless? 
The homeless can be classified as one the exceptions, so long as they are “in search of medical assistance, food, or other commodity or service necessary to sustain the wellbeing of themselves or their families.” 

Are people traveling through Charlotte or returning from trips (for example, vacations outside of Charlotte) via vehicular travel exempt from the curfew? 
We cannot restrict interstate commerce and people traveling through Charlotte to reach another destination. This includes people traveling to the airport or train stations. 

Does the curfew impact access to private streets? 
No. The curfew only applies to public streets, alleys, or roadways or upon any public property, except by those in search of medical assistance, food or other commodity or service necessary to sustain the wellbeing or themselves or their families.

How will the curfew impact businesses such as restaurants and bars that are open after midnight? 
The curfew restricts travel for non-exempt purposes within the City of Charlotte from midnight to 6 a.m. Patrons who leave establishments such as bars and restaurants will be impacted if they need to travel on the roadways during the curfew hours.

Are media outlets exempt from the curfew?
Yes. All media are an exception.