Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Implements Curfew for City to Prevent Violence
After three days of escalating protests, Mayor Andrew J.
Ginther signed an executive order implementing a curfew on the City of Columbus
from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. This order goes into effect immediately and remains in
effect until it is rescinded by the Mayor.
“I understand the anger and frustration that has led to
these protests – and I share them. Racism, discrimination and injustice have
led us to this moment. I want to assure our residents we are making real change
and are committed to confronting racism where we see it,” said Mayor Andrew J.
Ginther. “But at this moment some people are intent on causing chaos and destruction,
not on creating positive change in our community and threaten to drown out the
voice of demanding justice and our collective safety.”
In addition, Gov. Mike DeWine has activated the Ohio
National Guard to help with secure perimeters around some critical
infrastructure. The National Guard will take direction from Columbus Division
Exemptions from the curfew include:
- Law enforcement, fire and medical personnel;
- Members of the news media;
- Individuals traveling directly to and from work;
- Individuals seeking care, fleeing dangerous
circumstances or experiencing homelessness.
Those violating the curfew will be subject to arrest.