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City Extends Overnight Curfew Through Friday June 5

June 2, 2020 - ​Today, Mayor Benson Wong and City Manager Jessi Bon declared an extension of the curfew first established yesterday on June 1. The extended curfew will be in place each night from 8:00pm to 5:00am starting tonight (June 2) and ending the morning of Friday, June 5

[NOTE: On the morning of June 4, this curfew was lifted]
“We understand the inconvenience this may bring to residents, but I remain concerned about the information our Police Detectives are gathering regarding future unrest in the region and am recommending these actions to help us protect the Mercer Island community,” said Police Chief Ed Holmes.
“I believe extending the curfew is a prudent measure given the random criminal acts we’ve seen occurring in neighboring communities. We are announcing it as early as possible today in order to allow sufficient planning time for residents and business owners," he added.
Residents interested in hearing a discussion on the topic are advised to watch tonight’s City Council video meeting: Chief Holmes will speak during the City Manager’s Report at approximately 6:30pm. City Council meetings are currently held via video conference and are available live and archived on MITV Channel 21, or the City Council’s You Tube Channel.
The curfew applies to all persons on Mercer Island except law enforcement, emergency and government personnel – traveling to/from employment is permitted. The City will evaluate the situation along with our regional partners on Friday morning; the curfew will also be evaluated daily and amended if necessary.
Earlier this week, Mayor Wong spoke at length about this community’s support for peaceful free speech and demonstrations of profound grievances. At the same time, he condemned the simultaneous occurrence of looting and violence in neighboring cities. Read his remarks here.
All residents are asked to cooperate by staying home and forwarding credible leads to the police by calling 9-1-1. Additional updates will be provided via the City’s homepage newsfeed and social media outlets.

An FAQ document will be available shortly.


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