Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
4:30 am EDT
Tue, July 7, 2020

Lake County curfew in effect until further notice


A curfew is now in effect from 10pm-5am starting Sunday May 31 until lifted. The curfew applies to all unincorporated and incorporated areas of Lake County except where a municipal curfew, which is more strict, has been placed in effect by the municipality.

“We stand with those peacefully protesting the tragic death of George Floyd and we fully support the rights of our citizens to express their outrage over this situation,” says Lake County Commission Chairman Leslie Campione. 

“But we condemn vandalism, violence and lawlessness that is causing great harm to communities across our country. To protect our citizens, businesses and first responders, we are imposing a curfew throughout Lake County which starts tonight at 10pm and ends at 5am until such time as the curfew is lifted.” 

Curfew restrictions include all pedestrian and vehicular movement, standing and parking are prohibited during curfew hours of 10pm to 5am. Exceptions include the provision of fire, police, emergency and hospital services, medical patients, county, municipal and utility emergency repairs and emergency calls by physicians within the curfew areas, people traveling to and from work, and people traveling to one’s place of business or property. 

“Any and all persons abroad on the streets and sidewalks within any curfew area during the curfew period and not engaged in the provision of the above-mentioned services shall be subject to arrest,” according to an Emergency Curfew Order document signed by Lake County Commission Chairman Leslie Campione and Board of County Commissioners Clerk Gary Cooney. 

Any person in violation of the curfew may be subject to a fine not exceeding $500 and imprisonment in the County jail for a period not exceeding sixty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, according to the above-mentioned document.