In response to the recent surge in looting and violence in various Contra Costa communities, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a proclamation of local emergency and adopted an Order imposing a countywide curfew beginning tonight (Tuesday) at 8:00 pm.
The curfew applies to all 19 cities in the County and all unincorporated areas.
Under the curfew, people are required to stay indoors from 8 pm tonight to 5 am tomorrow until further notice. Conditions will be evaluated daily, to see how long a curfew is needed.
Local police departments are responsible for enforcing the curfew in their cities and the Sheriff's Department enforces it in unincorporated areas, with the exception of Kensington which has its own police department.
Alameda County enacted a curfew last night, as did several individual cities in Contra Costa County, and other areas of the state that had experienced looting.
Law enforcement plans to educate and inform residents of the curfew, with the understanding that some people may be outside without knowing it's in effect. Their focus is on people destroying property or conducting other criminal acts. The goal is to prevent and contain looting.
The curfew does not apply to police officers, firefighters, National Guard, people traveling to and from work, homeless individuals, the press, and people seeking medical treatment.
Public expression is vitally important, especially now as we react to the repulsive death of George Floyd. It's also a constitutional right. But we also want to protect our neighborhoods from the damage of looters, many of whom are destroying vulnerable small businesses already clinging to survival related to COVID-19.
I want to acknowledge the West County volunteers who are working to preserve our neighborhoods, including helping local businesses board-up to prevent looting and clean up afterward. They are a symbol of hope.
Let's honor the curfew while supporting non-violent expression!