FAYETTEVILLE – Did you know the Wuhan Coronavirus is more dangerous after a certain time of night? Us, either; but the Mayor of Fayetteville, whose campaign was endorsed by Governor Roy Cooper, is asking city attorneys to explore the legality of enforcing a curfew.
From the Fayetteville Observer:
“[…] Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin has asked the city’s legal staff to research the possibility of a nighttime curfew in the city to address the coronavirus pandemic, a step beyond Gov. Roy Cooper’s “stay at home” order.
“I’m looking at possibly a curfew, if necessary, or specifics to it because we have the ability to make it more restrictive locally, depending on our situation,” Colvin said Monday morning.
He said he is thinking about a 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. […]”
And later from ABC11 after Mayor Colvin had decided to go ahead and move forward with the curfew, beginning Wednesday:
“[…] “I’ve been getting a lot of people who’ve been sending pictures of social gatherings at ATV parks or other individual activities,” Colvin said.
Colvin told ABC11 he’s currently drafting the order that will require non-essential workers to remain in their homes between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
“I’m specifically targeting the activities that take place after people’s work hours, after most stores, that are pertinent, are closed,” Colvin said.
In addition, city leaders are also considering the fines or charges people could face if they infringe on that curfew.
Colvin said the order will go into effect on Wednesday at 9 p.m. […]”
You’re a small-business owner; your shop is shut down by executive edict; your activity is limited to an approved list; you can’t even host a birthday party with family members for worry of violating crowd size limits; and now you are faced with a curfew to complete the whole ‘police state’ vibe.
It is anyone’s guess as to what criteria must be met for such restrictions, in Fayetteville or statewide, to be eased or lifted. We hear about new cases everyday, but little about the number of actual hospitalizations, or recoveries. Are these decisions based solely off the discretion of people like Colvin and Cooper?
How long will people generally comply with orders intended to stave off potential public health overloads but that are damaging people’s lives in real time?
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