Cities and county enact curfews after weekend of protests and riots

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SAN DIEGO – Several cities across San Diego County have issued curfew orders for area residents effective Sunday night in response to a weekend of protests, riots and looting in the county.

All residents in areas with curfew orders are being asked to stay home and off the streets. People in violation can be fined up to $1,000 or face jail time, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Certain exemptions do apply for law enforcement, fire, medical, and media personnel. People traveling to and from work and for emergency purposes, as well as those experiencing homelessness are also exempt, according to sheriff’s.

Coronado

Coronado has issued a forma curfew. Instead, the city asked businesses to close from Sunday, May 31, at 8 p.m.until Monday, June 1, at 5:30 a.m. The city also directed residents and visitors to stay home during the same period.

El Cajon

The City of El Cajon announced it is imposing a curfew starting Sunday, May 31 at 7 p.m. until Monday, June 1 at 6 a.m.

The city is issuing the order as a “proactive measure to protect the El Cajon community from civil unrest and looting.”

La Mesa

The city of La Mesa also issued a curfew starting Sunday, May 31 at 7 p.m. until Monday, June 1 at 7 a.m.

The mayor issued a statement expressing his ‘deepest sadness’ over the riots and looting that left several businesses damaged.

Lemon Grove

A curfew is in effect from Sunday, May 31 at 7 p.m. until Monday, June 1 at 6 a.m.

In a statement, Lemon Grove city officials said the emergency order was signed in light of the recent demonstrations, looting and arson in multiple areas of the county.

National City

National City issued a curfew order from Sunday, May 31, at 8 p.m. until Monday, June 1, at 5:30 a.m.

City officials said the curfew was a precaution taken in response to the looting and rioting in La Mesa on Saturday night.

Poway

The curfew in the City of Poway begins Sunday, May 31 at 8 p.m. and goes until Monday, June 1 at 5:30 a.m.

In a statement, Poway city officials said they are issuing the order to prevent any unlawful activity and keep the community safe.

Santee

In the City of Santee, the curfew will be in effect from Sunday, May 31 at 8 p.m. until Monday, June 1, at 6:00 a.m. 

In a statement, Santee city officials said they are “are extremely saddened by the recent events that occurred in La Mesa and our deepest condolences go out to our neighbors.”

Unincorporated San Diego County

Unincorporated areas around Spring Valley and from Lakeside north to Poway are under curfew orders.

The curfew will be in effect from Sunday, May 31 at 8 p.m. until Monday, June 1 at 5:30 a.m, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

  • Areas around Spring Valley – Unincorporated areas east of the boundaries of the Cities of La Mesa and San Diego to State Highway 54; north and west of State Highway 54 from the boundary of the City of San Diego to the boundary of the City of El Cajon; and south of the boundary of the City of El Cajon to the west of State Highway 54.
  • Areas from Lakeside north to Poway – Unincorporated areas west of State Highway 67 from the boundary of the City of Poway to Mapleview Street; areas south and west of Mapleview Street and Lake Jennings Park Road to Interstate 8; areas north of Interstate 8 from Lake Jennings Park Road to the boundary of the City of El Cajon.

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