PINE BLUFF, Ark. (News release) – Beginning on Sunday, March 29, the City of Pine Bluff will enforce a curfew to discourage public gatherings. This is a part of the city’s ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Between the hours of 9:00 pm and 5:00 am, all non-essential travel will be prohibited. Residents should not leave their homes unless they are shopping for groceries or food, travelling to a gas station, commuting for work, seeking medical treatment, or caring for a relative.
There will also be a curfew for youth under the age of eighteen from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30
p.m. for which the same exemptions as above will apply. “The school children should
stay inside unless accompanied by an adult. We want parents to make sure they are
using this time constructively,” Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington said.
Based on projections from public health officials and the Governor, the COVID-19
pandemic may worsen in the next few weeks if social distancing guidelines are not
followed. Public gatherings of 10 people or more have been prohibited by the Governor
until further notice. The Pine Bluff Police Department will strictly enforce this order
throughout the community. This order remains in effect even outside of local curfew
hours. Non-essential businesses, restaurants, organizations, and faith organizations are
encouraged to follow this directive.
Mayor Washington stated, “A lot of COVID-19 tests are being administered, and most of
our tests are coming back negative. However, numbers can change drastically overnight.
Therefore, we want to be as aggressively proactive as we can.”
The Coronavirus is a global pandemic and poses a significant risk to the health and
safety of the entire world. The city is committed to working with public health officials,
law enforcement agents, and government personnel on the federal, state, and county
level to protect and keep our community safe.