MONTGOMERY, WV (WVNS) — 4/8/2020 8:15 p.m. UPDATE: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the city of Montgomery, like many others, is taking social distancing seriously.
But according to Mayor Greg Ingram, some late night wanderers around city limits are not so much.
“They were out pranking and knocking on doors and scaring old people absolutely to death,” Ingram said.
In response, Ingram signed an executive order Tuesday enforcing a curfew, in conjunction with the city’s state of emergency declared the day before.
“Not having a curfew, you have to catch them in the act. That’s hard to do,” Ingram said. “But if you’re under curfew, all we have to do is see them on the streets.”
Montgomery Police Chief Paris Workman said more officers will patrol the evening and overnight shifts to enforce the curfew, but they are not setting up checkpoints or banning anyone from entering or leaving the city.
Businesses within city limits are exempt from the curfew, in addition to first responders and those in emergencies stated in the executive order.
“It’s business as usual, but not for people that want to run the streets and cause a problem,” Workman said.
Some social media backlash included people complaining about their freedom of movement being compromised or the city government taking away their rights. But Ingram explained Montgomery city code gives its mayor the right during a state of emergency. He further said this is all about public safety in the midst of a pandemic.
“We’re a small community. We’re sitting on a time bomb here,” Ingram said. “We have a hospital. We have a nursing home in town. We have to take every precaution here to stop the spread.”
Anyone found violating the curfew will be given a warning, a citation, or even serve jail time.
MONTGOMERY, WV (WVNS) — ORIGINAL STORY: The mayor of Montgomery implemented a strict rule to try and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Greg Ingram, the Mayor of the City of Montgomery, signed an executive order Monday, April 6, 2020 implementing a curfew from 9:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. Ingram also declared a State of Emergency for the city.
The executive order states people are allowed to travel for work or emergencies during the curfew, but may be stopped by law enforcement.
The curfew will remain in effect for the duration of the State of Emergency. Violators may be fined or face jail time.