Fayetteville mayor issues citywide curfew amid COVID-19 pandemic, police ask for ‘voluntary compliance’

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Fayetteville’s mayor says a citywide curfew will be put in place amid the coronavirus outbreak.

At 8:02 p.m. Monday, Mayor Mitch Colvin posted to his personal Facebook page saying “I am issuing a Citywide Curfew from 9PM-6AM Wednesday..”

Colvin then shared that post to his official mayoral Facebook page.

No official release was sent concerning the curfew until Tuesday morning when the City of Fayetteville said Colvin would be holding a 3 p.m. press conference to “address questions about citywide curfew.”

The Fayetteville Police Department also said Tuesday evening it is “ready to enforce the ‘shelter in place’ and curfew directive issued by Gov. Roy Cooper and Mayor Mitch Colvin.”

“However, we prefer voluntary compliance from the public,” the department wrote in a news release.

“We are working with this community to safeguard lives, property and ensuring a peaceful quality of life for all citizens. Therefore, the Fayetteville Police Department is asking for the cooperation of the public to obey both the Order and curfew.

It is needless, and unnecessary to subject anyone to risk that can be avoided through compliance. This helps protect the first responders and the public. The COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be deadly and fast moving. Through a common sense approach we feel confident lives can be saved.

The men and women of the Fayetteville Police Department are experiencing this pandemic along with you for the first time. The reaction and response methods used to protect this community will be situation based. However, when it comes to saving lives we will utilize the full extent of our authority when needed. This includes the issuance of citations or physical arrest when warranted.”

Fayetteville Police Department

Colvin spoke with CBS 17 on Monday saying he was considering a curfew.

“We are in a serious time so we want to make sure that the public understands the importance of complying with the stay at home order the governor has issues and we want to make sure that in our community making sure leisure travel and things that are not work related or absolutely necessary are limited to a minimum,” Colvin said.

Further information was not released.

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