MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — Authorities in Contra Costa, Napa, San Mateo and Solano counties on Tuesday enacted curfews following the most recent incidents of civil unrest, joining Alameda County and individual Bay Area cities which had previously imposed curfews.
Napa County’s curfew (map) applied to unincorporated areas starting from SR 29/SR 12 (Jameson Canyon Road) and all areas south (including the City of American Canyon), east, and west to the county line. Areas north of Jameson Canyon Road, including the cities of Napa, St. Helena, Calistoga and the Town of Yountville, were not subject to the curfew at this time.
The counties are the latest local authorities to adopt a curfew in response to ongoing civil disturbances sparked by the death of George Floyd at the hand of police in Minnesota, which has led to protests and civil unrest in cities across the country.
Some of the most recent incidents of looting and destruction in the county have been seen in Contra Costa and Solano counties, including at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, Hilltop Mall in Richmond, and in Vallejo where violence erupted late Monday night even with a city curfew in place.
“These are challenging times. The sorrow and pain that have filled our hearts here in our Bay Area home cannot be denied. The need and right to protest and be heard are ones that we all support,” said Supervisor Candace Andersen, chair of the county Board of Supervisors in a prepared statement. “Today’s emergency proclamation and curfew order will help the county respond to looting, vandalism and any violence that should not be part of peaceful protests. That we do not support, as they only hurt our communities. We want peaceful protests, and we want all members of the public to be safe.”
“The killing of George Floyd has our country reeling. Many are taking part in peaceful protests. This order is meant to protect protesters’ right to free speech and peaceful assembly,” said Solano County Deputy Sheriff Le’Ron Cummings in a statement. “However, peaceful protests have been disrupted by violence and civil unrest that will not be tolerated. It is my belief that such conditions pose extreme risk to the safety of persons and property. The curfew will be in place to preserve public order and safety during the Local Emergency.”
Exceptions to the curfew order include: first responders, people traveling to/from work, members of the media, essential workers and people experiencing homelessness or without access to shelter.
Current Bay Area curfews:
- Alameda County: 8 p.m. until 5 a.m., until further notice
- Contra Costa County: 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., until further notice
- Napa County (some areas): 8 p.m. until 5 a.m., until June 4
- San Mateo County: 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., until June 4
- Solano County: 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., until June 4
- Antioch: 6 p.m. to 5 a.m., until June 2
- Berkeley: 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., until June 3
- Palo Alto: 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., until June 11
- Pleasant Hill: 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., until further notice
- San Francisco: 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., until further notice
- San Jose: 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., until June 4
- San Leandro: 6 p.m. until 5 a.m., until June 8
- Santa Clara: 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., until further notice
- Santa Rosa: 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., until June 4
- Walnut Creek: 6 p.m. until 5 a.m., until June 8
- Windsor: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., until June 4