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Curfew Information

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the City of Fayetteville's Curfew

When does the curfew take effect?
The curfew took effect on April 1, 2020.

What times / days is the curfew in effect?
The curfew is in effect 7 days a week, from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m.

How long will it last?

 The curfew is currently set to expire on May 8, 2020, at 5 p.m. following Governor Cooper’s extension of the Stay at Home order, but that can be revised or extended.

Is this curfew mandatory or is it just guidance?
The curfew is mandatory.

How will this curfew be enforced?
The City is seeking voluntary cooperation with the curfew. If voluntary cooperation is not achieved, the Police Department has the authority to enforce the curfew.

What is the penalty for violating the curfew?
It is considered a Class 2 misdemeanor, with a fine not to exceed $500.

What is the penalty for violating the Governor’s Stay At Home order?
It is considered a Class 2 misdemeanor, with a fine not to exceed $500.

Is this curfew only in effect for the city; does it include the County or Fort Bragg?
This curfew is applicable within the limits of the City of Fayetteville. The County Commissioners and Fort Bragg’s Senior Commander are the decision-makers for the county and Fort Bragg, respectively.

Who is allowed to be out and about during the curfew?
Those who work in the Healthcare and Public Health Operations, Human Services Operations, Essential Infrastructure Operations, Essential Governmental Operations and Essential Businesses and Operations may be out during the curfew. See Mayor’s State of Emergency Amendment (Curfew) at for complete lists of exceptions within each of these areas listed.

How does this curfew correlate with North Carolina’s Stay At Home order?
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order 121 on March 27, 2020, ordering North Carolinians to remain in their homes except for performing essential work and essential activities such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies and for health and safety purposes. Local municipalities can place more restrictive orders in place within their jurisdictions, which is what this curfew is - more restrictive than the State’s Stay At Home order; the more restrictive order (the curfew) must be followed.

What if I am an essential worker, as defined by the Governor’s Executive Order?
You are allowed to go to and from work, regardless of the time of day.

What if I get pulled over by the police during the curfew and I am on my way to work?
If or when you are pulled over by the police, please listen and follow instructions for safety, then when the officer asks you why you are out please explain to the officer where you are going. It may also be beneficial if you have your work ID available to show the officer.

What if I require medical care?
Individuals may leave their homes to receive necessary medical care. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please follow the guidance provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services ( If you have mild symptoms, stay home and call your health provider.

Does the public gathering prohibition preclude a family of 4 from cooking out in their backyard or sitting outside around a fire pit?
The public or private gathering prohibition is not intended to preclude a single family from being together.

What about video technicians gathering at a church to help broadcast their church service?
The public gatherings prohibition is not intended to prohibit any COVID-19 Essential Businesses or Operations. However, the employees should adhere to the social distancing requirements.

Can I go shopping for essential items (e.g., food, medical supplies) during the time the curfew is in effect?

What if I want to go hunting in the early morning hours, before 6 a.m.?
Under the curfew hours, you should not depart your residence before 6 a.m.

What if I want to go running or do physical fitness outdoors between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.?
Under the curfew hours, you should not depart your residence before 6 a.m.

Will I get a citation from the police if I am outside of my residence and off my property between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.?
The police are given the authority to enforce this curfew as needed.

What do we do if we see this curfew being violated?
Call 911 if you feel that the curfew is being violated.

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