Following the rioting and looting Friday night in Portland, Mayor Ted Wheeler declared a State of Emergency and put a curfew in place for Saturday night.
The curfew starts at 8 p.m. and continues through 6 a.m. Sunday. It prohibits all non-essential travel in Portland. The exceptions include travelling to work, seeking emergency care, the homeless and fleeing dangerous circumstances.
Ted Wheeler's State of Emergency declaration:
Emergency Executive Order Declaring an Emergency and Implementing a Temporary Nighttime
Curfew in the City of Portland OregonI, Ted Wheeler, Mayor of the City of Portland, Oregon, by the authority vested in me by the Charter of the City of Portland and applicable code and statutes, issue the following Executive Order:
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd died while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. Since Mr. Floyd’s death, thousands of Americans and Portlanders have expressed their frustration in a peaceful and constructive manner. Demonstrators have gathered in many cities to protest Mr. Floyd’s death. Peaceful demonstrations are essential to our democratic system. Unfortunately, some individuals have engaged in unlawful and dangerous activity, including arson, rioting, looting, and damaging public and private property. These activities threaten the safety of lawful demonstrators, the surrounding communities, and first responders.
For these reasons, I order as follows:
1. A State of Emergency exists within the City of Portland under Portland City Code Section
2. Nighttime Curfew. A curfew is imposed in all public places within the City of Portland during the following times: a. Immediately until 6:00 am on Saturday, May 30, 2020. b. From 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 30, 2020 until 6:00 am on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
3. Travel Prohibited. During the curfew, all persons must not travel on any public street or in any public place.
4. Exemptions. All law enforcement, fire, medical personnel, and members of the news media are exempt from the curfew. Individuals traveling directly to and from work, seeking emergency care, fleeing dangerous circumstances, or experiencing homelessness are also exempt.
5. Definitions. a. For the purposes of this Executive Order, “travel” includes, without limitation, travel on foot, bicycle, skateboard, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, public transit, or any other mode of transporting a person from one location to another. b. For the purposes of this Executive Order, a “public place” is any place, whether on privately or publicly owned property, accessible to the general 3 public, including but not limited to public streets and roads, alleys, highways, driveways, sidewalks, parks, vacant lots, and unsupervised property.
6. Enforcement. I urge all Portlanders to voluntarily comply with this Executive Order. Pursuant to Portland City Code Section 15.08.040, enforcement of this Chapter may be by civil action as provided in ORS 30.315, or by criminal prosecution. In addition to any other penalty provided by law, refusal to obey an order issued under the authority of PCC 15.08.020 shall be punishable upon conviction by a fine of not more than $500 per occurrence. Any peace officer may issue a citation for violation of this Section.