Fredericksburg officials have announced that a curfew will go into effect at 8 p.m. this evening as protests continue over the death of George Floyd. With a few exceptions, people must be off the street and in their home at that time.

The curfew comes under a state of emergency that has been declared by Gov. Ralph Northam. Under the city curfew, no person is authorized to be in public between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. starting this evening and continuing through Wednesday morning.

There are some exceptions, include traveling to and from work and medical emergencies.

The curfew comes amid a third day of protests in the Fredericksburg area. Protests were going on this afternoon at the Stafford County Courthouse and in downtown Fredericksburg.  

In a Facebook post, Fredericksburg Police Chief Brian Layton said his department was "again supporting peaceful demonstrations," but urged residents to observe the curfew. The post included an "education plan of action" on the curfew:

7:30 p.m. – Officers will make announcements over loudspeakers educating citizens the curfew begins in 30 minutes. The announcements will continue until all crowds have dispersed. Officers will also distribute copies of the curfew to educate citizens.

8 p.m. – Officers will approach all remaining citizens and ask them again to disperse as the curfew is in effect.

8:15 p.m. – Officers will continue to make announcements and hand out copies of the curfew order.

8:30 p.m. – Officers will approach remaining citizens and, once again, speak to them individually about the need to obey the order. Citizens who do not comply will be arrested by authority of the curfew.

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