***NOTICE: ANOKA COUNTY DECLARES LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY, 8 PM CURFEW FOR WEEKEND***
In light of the unrest that has emerged in the Twin Cities metropolitan area following the tragic death of George Floyd, and for the health and safety of the residents of Anoka County, the Anoka County Board of Commissioners declared a local emergency valid for up to 72 hours, with a curfew effective starting tonight at 8 pm in all cities in Anoka County including Columbia Heights. Governor Tim Walz, in Executive Order 20-65, has already implemented a temporary Nighttime Curfew in the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The Chair of the Anoka County Board of Commissioners, in consultation with the Anoka County Sheriff, has directed the following:
1. Implementation of a nighttime curfew effective May 29, 8 pm, imposed in all public places within the County of Anoka from 8 pm on Fri, May 29, to 6 am, Sat, May 30, and from 8 pm on Sat, May 30, to 6 am, Sun, May 31, and from Sun, May 31, to 3 am Mon, June 1.
2. During this curfew, all persons must not travel on any public street or public place, under penalty of misdemeanor under MN Statue Chapter 12.
3. Exemptions: All law enforcement, fire and medical personnel, as well as other personnel authorized by Anoka County, the Department of Public Safety, Minnesota State Patrol, or Minnesota National Guard, and credentialed members of the media are exempt from the curfew. Individuals seeking emergency care, fleeing danger, or experiencing homelessness, and having to travel to and from employment and religious services are also exempt. All local Anoka County public jurisdictions may designate additional exempt personnel.
4. For purposes of this emergency declaration, “travel” includes, without limitation, travel on foot, bicycle, skateboard, scooter, motorcycle, automobile, or public transit, or any other mode of transporting a person from one location to another. “Public Place” means any place, whether on privately or publicly owned property, accessible to the general public, including but not limited to public streets, roads, alleys, highways, sidewalks, parks, vacant lots and unsupervised property.