- Where does the curfew apply?
The curfew applies everywhere within the City of Raleigh.
- What are the hours of the curfew?
Beginning Friday, Aug. 28, 2020 the curfew will be in effect from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.
- How long will the curfew last?
Because of protests within the last week in other cities around the country have resulted in property destruction, violence and loss of life, keeping people safe is the City’s number one priority. The curfew will continue until rescinded. The City will continue to evaluate the situation and, depending on behaviors, determine whether it can safely relax or rescind curfew requirements. The City hopes to eliminate the curfew requirements as soon as possible.
- What does the curfew require?
For people to stay inside a house or dwelling and to stay off public streets, alleys, roads and any other public property during curfew hours. The curfew allows people to travel:
- for medical help for themselves or their family members,
- to obtain a service or commodity needed for their well-being or the well-being of a family member, and
- to travel directly to or directly from their home or dwelling to their place of employment.
- Does the curfew apply to government meetings?
The curfew recognizes that those involved in performing essential government functions must continue to do their jobs. The curfew does not apply to law enforcement officers, firefighters and other public employees, including those involved in federal, State and local government.
- Does the curfew apply to emergency workers?
No. The curfew does not apply to:
- Law enforcement officers, licensed security guards, firefighters and other public employees in the performance of their job duties;
- Doctors, nurses, employees of hospitals and other medical facilities in the performance of their job duties;
- On-duty military personnel, whether state or federal;
- On-duty employees of public or private utilities, public transportation companies, and newspaper, magazine, radio broadcasting, and television broadcasting corporations;
- Package and freight delivery companies which package goods and deliver them to homes, and businesses operating lawfully under the curfew, including but not limited to Amazon, FedEx and UPS and their employees while on duty; and
- On-site manufacturing and operations centers.
- I clean surgery suites after hours but they’re not in a hospital. Can I travel for that work?
Yes, the curfew does not apply to employees of hospitals or other medical facilities in the performance of their job duties.
- Are employees of veterinary clinics or veterinary hospitals included in “other medical facilities” that can travel during the curfew?
- I’m a security guard for a business, but I’m not a sworn law enforcement officer. Am I exempt from the curfew?
Curfew requirements exempt licensed security guards while they are performing their job duties. Only if you are a security guard licensed by the N.C. Private Protective Services Board are you exempt. Licensed security guards may perform their duties outside and are not required to remain in their places of employment.
- I’m a home health worker and I help an elderly person with dementia who can’t stay on her own. Am I exempt from the curfew?
Yes, you may travel during curfew hours to perform your home health job.
- I operate a business that is usually open 24 hours every day, but my business isn’t exempt from the curfew. Do I have to close my business? Can I or my employees stay overnight in my business?
If a business can operate without employees on premise during curfew hours, it may do so. For example, a gas station that can operate solely with automated pumps may do so if it chooses but it likely won’t have customers because of the curfew.
Because people must stay in a home or dwelling during the curfew, businesses that don’t include dwellings need to close so that their employees can get home. Employees of businesses that include dwellings, such as a hotel or motel, cannot travel after 10:00 p.m. but may remain in the hotel or motel.
- My business isn’t exempt from the curfew, but I usually have employee arrive at 3 a.m. to open at 5 a.m. Can my employees come to work at 3 a.m. as usual?
If your business is located in Raleigh, you cannot begin operations until 5 a.m. unless your business is exempt from the curfew. If you open at 5 a.m., your employees can travel directly from their homes or dwellings to your business during curfew hours.
- My business isn’t exempt from the curfew, but my employees arrive at 5 a.m. and I open for business at 6:30 a.m. Can my employees come to work at 5 a.m. as usual?
Yes. Your employees may travel from their homes or dwellings directly to work during the curfew. The curfew ends at 5 a.m., which is the time when your business opens.
- I’m an Uber/Lyft driver who doesn’t live in Raleigh and want to operate in Raleigh during curfew hours. Am I allowed to drive during the curfew?
No, you must obey the curfew. Unless you fit within an exempt category (see FAQ Np. 5) or are driving in Raleigh in search of medical assistance or other commodity or service necessary to sustain the well-being of yourself or a member of your family, you are not allowed to travel in Raleigh during the curfew hours. The curfew allows people to travel only from their home or dwelling to their own physical place of employment and otherwise they must stay off City streets and City property during curfew hours.
- What happens if I have an emergency and need to get to a hospital or pick up prescription medication?
You can travel to handle the emergency. People who are in search of medical assistance or other commodity or service necessary to sustain the well-being of themselves or their families or some member thereof are allowed to travel during the curfew.
You can also call 911. Emergency workers can also travel during the curfew.
- My business typically receives deliveries before 5 a.m. Do the changes in the curfew allow deliveries during curfew hours?
No, for now, deliveries must be made outside curfew hours unless your business is exempt from the curfew. Each day, the City will evaluate the situation and determine whether it can safely relax curfew requirements. The City wants to protect residents, and the curfew requirements will achieve that end. The City hopes to eliminate the curfew requirements as quickly as possible.