End San Francisco's Blanket Emergency Curfew Order

End San Francisco's Blanket Emergency Curfew Order

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Andy Collier started this petition to Mayor London Breed and

As it stands today, the June 2020 emergency curfew applies to all of San Francisco, without a specific and limited purpose, and without an end date.

This is unsustainable and has several negative side effects. San Franciscans deserve more detailed context and nuance in this matter. Here's why:

  • The curfew order challenges the COVID-19 prevention best practice of avoiding dense areas by forcing people into the same number of essential businesses (such as grocery stores) in a reduced number of business hours. I routinely do my grocery shopping after 8pm in order to avoid crowds and reduce my risk of exposure.
  • If a law enforcement officer takes an unacceptable action against a member of the public within San Francisco after suspicion of violating curfew (i.e. they wouldn't have stopped the individual without this curfew order), you will have a dramatically increased civil unrest-related situation, as the public's anger will then relate to a brand new, entirely preventable, and hyperlocal police incident.
  • The order reduces the amount of time a business has to make money, and reduces the number of possible hours essential workers are able to work to earn an hourly wage. This is particularly pronounced for restaurants which have already been struggling, and rely on nighttime delivery business to survive.
  • SFPD does not require this curfew in order to prevent property crimes from occuring or to apprehend suspects. The order does not afford them additional resources or capabilities in doing so.
  • The curfew order broadly prohibits constitutionally-protected 1st Amendment rights to peaceful assembly for over a third of the hours in a day, and the arguably small risk of potential adjacent property crime does not outweigh the provision of these rights.
  • There are plenty of ways to peacefully enjoy the City after 8pm, even within the current social distancing rules. Personally, I enjoy walking through my neighborhood at night to clear my head and get some fresh, cool ocean air. I am sure you can imagine many other acceptable reasons to be outside, such as walking a dog, etc.


I propose to end the curfew now. The SFPD can be self-sufficient in their ability to prevent and detect crimes. Existing in public spaces at night does not correlate with an intent to commit property crime, and SFPD is already broadly equipped to investigate suspicious activities, day or night.

Barring that, commit to a very near future end date, limit the curfew to specific targeted business blocks (such as near Union Square), and permit movement by nearby residents.

Thank you for considering my proposal!

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