NEW HANOVER COUNTY — After a little less than one week, the curfew implemented in New Hanover County has been lifted for unincorporated portions of the county (this means municipalities like Wilmington still have the ability to keep their own curfews in effect).
“New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chair Julia Olson-Boseman has lifted the curfew for the unincorporated areas of the county effective today, June 8. The curfew was originally implemented on June 2 through a State of Emergency and prohibited gathering in groups of 10 or more between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. in unincorporated areas,” according to a press release from the county.
The curfew was put into effect due to protests taking place in Downtown Wilmington calling for police reform.
“The curfew on gatherings was in place to coordinate with the city and help ensure a safe environment for our community to protest, and – after consulting with the Sheriff – I don’t feel like it is needed any longer in the unincorporated county,” Olson-Boseman said. “I appreciate everyone in our community who has abided by the curfew over the past week, while continuing peaceful and meaningful protests calling for much-needed change.”
“Peaceful protests and demonstrations are supported by the county, and protesters are encouraged to take public health precautions and safety considerations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the release concluded.