The first night of the statewide curfew put in place by Governor Doug Ducey went smoothly, according to local law enforcement officials.
“There were no issues to report,” said Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office similarly reported no incidents involving the 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, which began Sunday night, saying normal calls for service proceeded without issue.
“We continue to monitor the situation and have been in communication with our partner agencies within our county,” PCSO spokeswoman Lauren Reimer said. “We are also working with the state to ensure we have current information and intelligence to best prepare for all possible scenarios.”
The curfew order, set to expire on June 8, came after protests and riots in cities across the country in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in police custody. One officer has been charged with murder and protesters want three others arrested and charged.
Alvarado said he believes the city will remain quiet, with nothing to indicate otherwise.
The curfew prohibits congregating or traveling on public streets and at public places, but there are exemptions, including for law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics or other medical
personnel, National Guard, as well as any other emergency response personnel authorized by the State of Arizona, and credentialed members of the media.
Also exempted are individuals traveling directly to and from work; attending religious services; commercial trucking and delivery services; obtaining food; caring for a family member, friend, or animal; patronizing or operating private businesses; seeking medical care or fleeing dangerous circumstances; and travel for any of the above services.