NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman has implemented a curfew for the unincorporated areas of the county until further notice. The curfew was declared through a State of Emergency, which can be viewed here, and prohibits anyone from gathering in groups of 10 or more between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. in unincorporated areas.
“The goal of this curfew is to provide a safe environment for peaceful protest,” stated Chair Olson-Boseman. “Safety for protestors, businesses, bystanders, and law enforcement.”
The curfew does not limit individual activity and allows any business that can legally be open under the Governor’s order to continue to stay open past the curfew, if they choose. The City of Wilmington has also issued a curfew for everyone in the city limits from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. until further notice. The intent of the curfew is to clear public areas of non-essential foot travel and prevent large gatherings.
Chair Olson-Boseman announced the curfew restrictions on gatherings during a press conference today with Mayor Bill Saffo and District Attorney Ben David. Watch the press conference here.
“Today we are all standing before you, unified,” said Chair Olson-Boseman. “We are unified in our condemnation of the murder of George Floyd and the brutality of the officers involved. And we are unified in our desire to keep our community safe, while also allowing every single person a voice to protest and to shine a light on racial injustice.”
Peaceful protests and demonstrations are supported by the county, and protesters are encouraged to take public health precautions and safety considerations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.