The safety of residents and protection of property is the top concern for the Sheriff’s Department and the City of Santa Clarita. Please see below for more information on recent curfew orders.
What is the curfew order?
The Los Angeles County Executive Order states the following: “no person shall be upon a public street, avenue, boulevard, place, walkway, alley, park or any public area or unimproved realty within the County” during the hours of the curfew order.
Why is the curfew happening?
The County’s and City’s curfews order are being given pursuant to California Government Code Section 8634 and the County’s is also given pursuant to Los Angeles County Code Section 2.68.150. Curfew laws enacted or promulgated at a time of riot or civil disorder have been held valid by the courts (United States v Chalk – 4th Cir. 1971, 441 F. 2d 1277. Cert. denied 404 U.S. 943). For more information, please see the Legal Guidelines for Controlling Movement of People and Property During an Emergency (starting on Page 31), published by the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).
What does this mean?
Residents are to remain in their home during the hours of the curfew. Residents are not permitted in public areas, including public streets and public places for in-person dining and shopping. All businesses and restaurants must close at the beginning of the curfew. You may walk around your neighborhood for exercise, but please maintain social distancing guidelines and avoid public streets, avenues, boulevards, walkways, alleys and parks.
Are there exceptions to the curfew order?
The curfew order does not apply to the following individuals: peace officers; fire fighters; National Guard or other military personnel deployed to the area; emergency medical services personnel; individuals traveling to and from work; individuals working on a public work of improvement construction project; credentialed media representatives involved in media gathering; people experiencing homelessness and without access to a viable shelter; and individuals seeking medical treatment.
What is the punishment?
Any violation of the curfew order is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months, or both, as provided by LACC section 2.68.320.