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City not exempting downtown workers in new modified civil emergency proclamation

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 06:09:16-04

CLEVELAND — The city of Cleveland issued a revised civil emergency proclamation after confusion over the original order, and it appears now that workers are not exempt from the curfew and area restrictions.

In the modified order which is still effective until 8 p.m. Tuesday, the city reiterated the restricted area extends throughout the Central Business District of Downtown Cleveland as well as the West 25th Market District in Ohio City.

While the length of the curfew is the same, as are the boundaries in which the curfew in implemented, a major change was noted in the new order—there is not an exemption for employers who work in the restricted areas.

The original order stated that “persons traveling to and from their place of employment during regular business hours" were exempt from the restriction but that statement is missing in the new modified order.

Those now exempt include people traveling to a place of refuge or lodging, those traveling to medical facilities for doctor appointments or care and all credentialed press, media and medical personnel traveling to and from their place of employment, the city said.

The order states: "Residents within the Restricted Area needing to travel in and will be permitted to return with proper identification and/or proof of residency within the Restricted Area. Pedestrian traffic within the Restricted Area is permitted for limited instances, including pet relief and essential travel such as medical appointments or to obtain food. However, all residents are asked to remain within their homes as much as possible for the duration of the curfew."

After leaving media and press out of the original order, the city added in that working media and press are permitted to report within the Restricted Area.

To read the modified order, click here.