Fayetteville residents ask fellow citizens to ‘do their part’ and follow the city’s curfew

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — The City of Fayetteville is now under a mandatory curfew to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“I think it’s a good thing,” said Fayetteville resident Roderick Tucker. “People need to do their part.”

The overnight curfew is from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. It went into effect Wednesday, April 1 and is expected to run concurrent with Gov. Roy Cooper’s statewide stay-at-home order, which ends on April 30.

“If Fayetteville doesn’t put something in effect, we could become one of the cities that has risks, higher risks than what we currently have,” said resident Levi Gandy.

According to the ordinance, the curfew does not apply to homeless residents, essential workers or essential businesses such as gas stations or grocery stores. Trips to the pharmacy or hospital are also still allowed.

Levi Gandy tells CBS 17 he believes having a curfew is the right call. Gandy says he’s witnessed people ignoring the government’s pleas to practice social distancing.

“When I leave my job, I look around and I see no social distancing whatsoever,” he said. “There’s no stopping what’s currently happening unless we stay at home and stay in place.”

For Tucker, having a curfew is small sacrifice to make when looking at the bigger picture.

“It’s kind of boring staying at the house,” he said. “Normally when you’re home, you’ve got nothing going on or nowhere to go, but when you have to stay in, you can think of a million places to go. It’s kind of hard but, we gotta do our part to get it over with.”

Fayetteville Police are hoping people will voluntarily comply with the new curfew. City officials tell CBS17 anyone caught violating could face community service or a fine of up to $1,000.

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