Pelham lifts city curfew

Published 4:53 pm Monday, June 8, 2020

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PELHAM – The city of Pelham’s nightly curfew ended on Monday, June 8.

“We know this was an inconvenience to many of our residents and businesses just as the city began to re-open after the stay at home and safer at home mandates,” Mayor Gary Waters wrote in a press release. “However, our first priority is the safety of our community, and we appreciate everyone heeding the curfew.”

The curfew went into effect on Tuesday, June 2, following reports of protests in the Birmingham area resulting in property damage and threats to public safety.

“This action is necessary to allow the Pelham Police Department to focus on protecting our residents, businesses and visitors from harm or loss,” an earlier press release read.

The Pelham City Council on June 1 adopted a resolution allowing the mayor to authorize a state of emergency and curfew when certain circumstances occur.

“The mayor of the city of Pelham, based on the current state of public crisis and acts of civil disobedience taking place in surrounding cities and information provided by and a request from the city’s chief of police, has identified a threatened state of emergency that could affect the safety of its citizens and businesses and result in the destruction of both public and private property,” the proclamation read.