NEW YORK CITY— Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday extended New York City’s curfew through Sunday.
The curfew will begin each night at 8 p.m. and lift at 5 a.m. the following day.
The announcement comes on the heels of the most destructive night of looting and violence since demonstrations began over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.
About 800 people were arrested overnight, according to police.
The mayor said curfews were not initially part of the city’s strategy because until 9 p.m. Sunday, there were few “difficult moments.”
“From Thursday to Sunday, things were held together,” he said.
Sunday night was when the city saw things it has never seen, which made officials feel like things need to be done. The curfew will allow police to address any situation where people ensue problems.
By imposing the 8 p.m. curfew, it will help authorities magnify and control the situation before it gets dark, the mayor added.
De Blasio noted that daytime demonstrations over the last five days have been overwhelmingly peaceful.
The mayor asked community leaders to step forward and create peace.
“Own your community. Do not let outsiders attack your community,” de Blasio said.