VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Following a night of unrest at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Governor Ralph Northam said he is ordering a curfew that will begin Monday night for the city.
Northam amended his state of emergency declaration to now include Virginia Beach's curfew. The curfew will last from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. beginning Monday, June 1 and lasting through Thursday, June 4. The curfew could be extended further by executive order.
Northam said he ordered the curfew at the request of Virginia Beach city leaders.
A state of emergency allows the Commonwealth to mobilize resources, including the Virginia National Guard, and pre-position people and equipment to assist localities in their efforts to de-escalate violent protests and protect public safety, according to a news release.
“This emergency declaration will provide the necessary support to localities as they work to keep our communities safe," Northam said.
After the curfew went into effect Monday evening, Virginia Beach Police said they temporarily closed all streets at Town Center -- except for Market Street and Columbus Street -- to enforce the curfew on a group of approximately 50 protesters.
13News Now reporter Allison Bazzle found a group of protesters after curfew at the corner of Independence and Virginia Beach Boulevard near Town Center. Several cars driving by honked in support.
A Virginia Beach Police officer told 13News Now reporter Evan Watson they have a plan for enforcement: "Warning. Summons. Jail."