May 31, 2020

On May 31, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey issued Order, Declaration of State of Emergency - Imposition of Curfew, implementing a State-wide curfew starting at 8:00pm today.  While there have been no incidents of looting or violence in Lake Havasu City, as seen in other cities and towns in Arizona or throughout the country, the Lake Havasu City Police Department is asking our residents to comply with Governor Ducey’s State-wide order.

The Order, in addition to other exceptions, does not impact people in the community who travel peacefully throughout Lake Havasu City, or businesses operating past 8:00pm.

Portions of the Order, reads:

"NOW, THEREFORE, I, Douglas A. Ducey, Governor of the State of Arizona, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of this State, including but not limited to, A.R.S. 26-303, hereby order as follows:

  1. Declare that a State of Emergency exists in Arizona due to riots, effective Sunday, May 31, 2020 and continuing.
  2. As part of the State of Emergency, a limited curfew is imposed for the entire State beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
  3. The curfew will be in place from 8:00 p.m. until 5:00 a.m. and shall expire on Monday, June 8, 2020 at 5:00 a.m. unless further extended.
    1. During the hours of curfew, all persons are prohibited from using, standing, sitting, traveling or being present on any public street or in any public place, including for the purpose of travel, with the following exemptions:
      1. All law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics or other medical personnel,  National Guard, as well as any other emergency response personnel authorized by the State of Arizona, and credentialed members of the media.
      2. Individuals traveling directly to and from work; attending religious services; commercial trucking and delivery services; obtaining food; caring for a family member, friend, or animal; patronizing or operating private businesses; seeking medical care or fleeing dangerous circumstances; and travel for any of the above services.
    2. For purposes of this order, “travel” includes, without limitation, travel on foot, bicycle, skateboard, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, or any other mode of transporting a person from one location to another.
    3. For purposes of this order, “public place” means any place, whether on privately or publicly owned property, accessible to the general public, including but not limited to public streets and roads, alleys, highways, driveways, sidewalks, parks, vacant lots, and unsupervised property.
    4. For purposes of this order, “exempt care” means necessary medical services for an individual’s self or family member.
    5. Violation of this order is a Class 1 misdemeanor pursuant to A.R.S. § 26-317 and is punishable by up to six (6) months in jail and a fine of $2500 in addition to any other violation under Title 13.
  4. Direct that the State of Arizona Emergency Response and Recovery Plan be used, and the Division of Emergency Management to be engaged, as necessary or requested, to assist in managing the emergency.
  5. Authorize the Adjutant General to mobilize and call to activate all or such part of the Arizona National Guard as is determined necessary to assist in the protection of life and property throughout the State.
  6. Direct that the sum of $200,000 from the General Fund be made available to the Director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management to be expended in accordance with A.R.S. § 35-192, A.A.C. R8-2-301 to 321, and Executive Order 79-4."

Lake Havasu City Mayor Cal Sheehy responded.  “Our residents understand the difference between exercising their First Amendment rights to peacefully assemble, and looting, rioting or causing harm to people or property.  I am thankful for the patience and understanding of our residents”.

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