City of Binghamton, New York

Mayor David Announces Curfew In Response To COVID-19 Pandemic

3/17/2020

(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Tuesday announced the City is implementing a nightly curfew, effective immediately, requiring residents to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., until further notice, except in the case of an emergency or if required by work. The curfew does not apply to travel to and from work, as well as any essential medical / pharmacy / grocery store travel.

On Monday, Mayor David declared a local state of emergency that allows a public safety measure of this kind.

“With a new confirmed case of COVID-19 in Broome County, and following discussions with Binghamton public safety officials, we are taking the next step necessary to slow the spread of the virus and keep our community as safe as possible,” said Mayor David.

“During this curfew, all residents will be required to remain in their homes from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. except for emergencies, or if they are required to work by their employer.

“This will allow the Binghamton Police Department to more effectively enforce limits on social gatherings as set forth by the Governor. As a community with a large population of college students, Binghamton has a responsibility to ensure it is enforcing limits on social gatherings by all residents.

“To Binghamton University students — stay home and avoid any type of party atmosphere. You may not be the people getting sick but you can spread this virus. Binghamton Police will be breaking up these gatherings and holding organizers responsible. Period.

“This curfew is a serious measure but we are at a serious time in our City’s history. The time to enact proactive policies that will help save lives is now. Each of us must do our part.

“In addition, I strongly urge residents to continue to practice social distancing, washing their hands regularly and staying home from work if they are sick.”

On Monday, Mayor David closed City Hall to the public and outlined the City’s response to COVID-19. For more information, visit the City’s website at: http://www.binghamton-ny.gov/

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