Lynchburg City Manager Declares State of Emergency

June 02, 2020
In the very early hours of Monday, June 1,  City Manager Bonnie Svrcek declared a local state of emergency in response to the civic unrest that began at the site of a restaurant located at the intersection of Fifth and Federal Streets. She also called for a voluntary curfew effecive today, June 2 from 8:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. 
 
On Monday, June 1, Lynchburg City Council conducted a special called meeting to affirm the local state of emergency declaration and to discuss and adopt a curfew ordinance. The adoption of a curfew ordinance enables the Lynchburg Police Department (LPD) to enforce the curfew and also makes non-compliance of the curfew ordinance a misdemeanor offense.
 
The LPD will begin enforcing the new curfew ordinance on Tuesday, June 2 between the hours of 8:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m., until further notice.  
 
Under the curfew, people should not be present on any street, road and park with the following exceptions: 
 
• Persons traveling to and from home, work, or places of worship 
• Hospital personnel
• Members of the press 
• State and City of Lynchburg employees and volunteers
• Military personnel including, but not limited to, National Guard troops  
• Employees of public utility companies
• Private emergency medical transport workers 
• Persons seeking emergency services 
• Homeless persons
 
 A violation of the ordinance shall be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor.