BREAKING: Sheriff Villanueva Announces End to Curfews in LA County

Ameera Butt
June 03, 2020 - 3:50 pm
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Sheriff Villanueva announces the end of curfews in Los Angeles County. 

"Based upon current situational awareness and the recent pattern of peaceful actions by protesters, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will no longer enforce a curfew. Other jurisdictions are free to make their own decisions," Villanueva wrote in a statement. 

Wednesday, LA County said in a press release "Tonight’s curfew will start later than the curfew in previous nights as the County assesses public safety needs on a daily basis." This is the fourth night of curfews in LA County.

After initial confusion due to LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva's tweeting that law enforcement would enforce the curfew beginning at 10 p.m. tonight, LA County released a statement on Twitter saying "Law enforcement departments can begin enforcing it at their discretion."

There are some closures of COVID-19 testing sites today.

“We are committed to ensuring that our testing sites are safe for both patients and staff,” said Dr. Christina Ghaly, Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.  “Testing remains a priority as we continue to fight the spread of coronavirus in LA County.”

Protests have been happening across LA County in response to the police killing of George Floyd who died at the hands of a white Minneapolis officer last week. Protests, anger and sadness over police injustice and brutality have spread in major cities across the country in the last week. Other cities like Beverly Hills and Santa Monica have their own curfews in place.

The following LA County testing sites are closed today, June 3

South Bay Galleria - 1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278

The following LA County testing sites are on modified hours today, June 3

Closing at 11:00 am 

Bellflower City Hall - 16600 Civic Center Drive, Bellflower, CA 90706

Closing at 2:30 pm

Charles R. Drew University Campus - 1731 E 120th St. Los Angeles, CA 90059

Closing at 4:00 pm

Hawthorne Memorial Center - Betty Ainsworth Sports Center - 3851 W El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250

Closing at 5:00pm

California State University, Los Angeles - 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032

ChapCare Pasadena - 1595 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91104

ChapCare Vacco Health Center - 10408 Vacco Street, Suite A, South El Monte CA 91733

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center - 1000 West Carson Street, Bldg N26., Torrance, CA 90502

Los Angeles County - Crenshaw Area Office - 3606 West Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

Santa Monica College - 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405

West Jordan High School - 171 W. Bort St. Long Beach, CA 90805

Los Angeles County health officials expressed their concern Monday about the risk of COVID-19 infection that protestors could face as they gather in such close proximity.  The unrest around LA County has forced the closure of some sites. There is also a state of emergency declared in the county.

Meanwhile, in the city of LA only the Dodgers stadium testing site remains open. 

The following LA County testing sites are closed today, June 2nd 

AltaMed Medical and Dental Group - 972 Goodrich Blvd., Commerce, CA 90022

AltaMed Medical and Dental Group - 8627 Atlantic Ave., South Gate, CA 90280

AltaMed Medical and Dental Group - Sunset Ave., West Covina, CA 91790

South Bay Galleria - 1815 Hawthorne Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278

The following LA County testing sites are on modified hours today, June 2nd

Closing at 2:30 p.m.

Charles R. Drew University Campus - 1731 E 120th St. Los Angeles, CA 90059

Closing at 5:00 p.m.

California State University, Los Angeles - 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032

ChapCare Pasadena - 1595 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91104

ChapCare Vacco Health Center - 10408 Vacco Street, Suite A, South El Monte CA 91733

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center - 1000 West Carson Street, Bldg N26., Torrance, CA 90502

Hawthorne Memorial Center - Betty Ainsworth Sports Center - 3851 W El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorne, CA 90250

Los Angeles County - Crenshaw Area Office - 3606 West Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016

Santa Monica College - 2800 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90405

West Jordan High School - 171 W. Bort St. Long Beach, CA 90805

On Monday, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva and the LA County Board of Supervisors Kathryn Barger extended the countywide curfew for the whole county.

The curfew will be from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday morning - similar to the City of LA curfew announced Monday by Eric Garcetti.

It's in response to civil disturbances from looting happening across cities in LA County and SoCal. Numerous arrests have been made across cities in the aftermath of the looting of retail and other businesses.

LA County also gave more details on other cities and their curfews Monday afternoon: The following cities have implemented stricter curfews that began earlier today:

Beverly Hills-  1:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Burbank- 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Culver City- 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Glendale- 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

Long Beach- 1:00 p.m. (in the business district) 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. (citywide)

Santa Monica- 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

West Hollywood- 4:00 p.m. and ending at sunrise

A state of emergency was declared Sunday in LA County by Supervisor Kathryn Barger. On Sunday Supervisor Janice Hahn announced the LA County curfew begins at 6 p.m. Sunday and lasts through 6 a.m. Monday.

Meanwhile, the National Guard was called to Los Angeles Sunday to help with the unrest.