UPDATED: The city manager clarified that, though the proclamation states seven days, the city only intends to have a curfew for 12 hours.
The city of Banning has imposed a curfew starting at 6 p.m. this evening until 6 a.m. tomorrow morning, and continuing for seven days
An emergency proclamation was issued by the city this morning after Director of Emergency Services Doug Schulze, the city manager, pointed to civil unrest in nearby cities that have caused property damage and injuries, and given opportunities for rampant looting.
“More protests are anticipated throughout Riverside County, including near to the City of Banning, and there is the potential for protests to occur in the city,” the proclamation reads.
A peaceful protest march took place mid-day today that began at Repplier Park and made a loop around the Police Department before heading back to the park.
“In order to safeguard the rights of peaceful assembly and protest, to protect the safety of City residents, property and businesses as well as emergency law enforcement providers, it is necessary to establish a curfew to quell violence and destruction of property,” the proclamation reads.
The curfew order can be extended by city council, or rescinded earlier if the director of emergency services feels that it is safe to do so.
Violations can be punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000, or by imprisonment not to exceed six months.
The city's planning commission meeting slated for 6 p.m. today will now be a virtual-only meeting, and may be joined via