County-Wide Youth Curfew in Effect Starting Friday Night

Moore County Commissioner's Court Meeting to discuss local disaster declaration with added curfew. Photo Credit: R. Brady

Last Updated on April 2, 2020 – 9:52 PM CDT

Moore County Judge Rowdy Rhoades issued an updated local disaster declaration which adds a curfew clause for any person 18 years of age or under and brings the previous declaration in line with Governor Abbotts state-wide declaration.

Starting Friday, April 3rd at 10:00 p.m. the curfew will be in effect every night from 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. and will be in place until the local disaster declaration expires on May 2, 2020, or the declaration is canceled by the county commissioners court.

Emergency Management Coordinator Tommy Brooks addressed the commissioner’s court at the meeting and said, “The cities have kinda pushed a little bit for this curfew. They’re having a lot of problems with the kids gathering up at the parks and different facilities.”

The disaster declaration was drafted by officials from the cities of Dumas, Sunray, and Cactus as well as the County Judge and applies to all cities and rural areas within Moore County.

The curfew applies to any person 18 years of age or under, is a class C misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine not to exceed $500 fine. Exceptions for employment, emergency, and parent/guardian accompaniment are included. For more details about the curfew, you can read an excerpt below or download the full declaration in English and Spanish at the bottom of this article.

Any person 18 years of age or under is prohibited to remain in a public place or on the premises of any establishment within Moore County during the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M. unless they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, engaged in an employment activity, or going to or returning home from an employment activity without any detours or stops, or involved in an emergency. This curfew will take effect April 3, 2020 at 10:00 PM and will remain effect until the expiration date of this declaration unless cancelled by the Moore County Commissioner’s Court. An offense under this curfew order is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.00. The updated Moore County Disaster Declaration curfew clause outlines the curfew which goes into effect Friday April 3, 2020 at 10:00 p.m.

Moore County Commissioners Court Part 1 – via BlueCloud.tvPosted by Moore County Journal on Thursday, April 2, 2020

Moore County Journal broadcast of the Commissioner’s Court Meeting. – Video Credit: R. Brady