Madison curfew extended into Monday and Tuesday

Published: Jun. 1, 2020 at 4:38 PM CDT
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The curfew imposed on downtown Madison for the past two nights will remain in effect for the next two.

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announced the curfew for the Isthmus, which runs from 9:30 p.m. until 5 a.m., was extended for Monday and Tuesday night as city leaders look to stem the violence that erupted the two previous nights. The order closes all businesses in the affected zones and restricts traffic to the area.

The City's first curfew was imposed early Sunday morning as the first clashes between demonstrators and law enforcement. It went into effect immediately and was set to last until 5 a.m. that day. At the time of that announcement, city officials also established one for Sunday night, starting at 9:30 p.m. and again lasting until 5 a.m.

In her statement regarding the extension, Rhodes-Conway noted she had been working with Madison Police Dept. Acting Chief Victor Wahl on the need for de-escalation and restraint.

Prior to the announcement, Wahl said he had requested the two-night extension and, at the time, was confident it would be granted. He explained that ideally it helps calm people down and, if a situation does develop, it will reduce the number of people in the area.

"My hope is that people will hopefully stay home, take a night off, stay calm,” he added.

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