Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed on Friday ordered a curfew for Alabama’s capital city, which went into effect immediately and will be in place “indefinitely” as city officials try to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The curfew will be in effect from 10 p.m until 5.am. each day
“We’re doing this as a measure to try to discourage unnecessary public gatherings, Reed said, adding that the city cannot keep up the current rate of the spread of the virus.
Reed said those who break the curfew will have committed a misdemeanor crime and could face fines and jail time.
As of Friday afternoon, Montgomery had 18 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Statewide on Friday, there were 587 cases and at least three deaths caused by COVID-19.