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Myrtle Beach curfew rescinded

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Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune issued a curfew for Sunday night via executive order.

Monday, Mark Kruea, spokesperson for the City of Myrtle Beach, says the executive order that imposed the curfew has been lifted, meaning it will no longer be enforced moving forward.

The curfew was in effect from 6 p.m. Sunda to 6 a.m. Monday Bethune says.

The executive order "strongly encouraged businesses to close during these same hours."

The move is in response to a "credible threat" made against Myrtle Beach police, prompting the mayor to issue a civil emergency in the city until further notice.

The executive order goes a step further, saying the purpose of the curfew is due to "threats of violence and destruction... and the reality of violence in other communities across the country. This Emergency Order is designed to protect and preserve the health, safety, and property of Myrtle Beach residents, visitors and businesses..."

All individuals are to return to their homes by 6 p.m. Sunday -- including visitors.

Exempt from the curfew are:

  • Law enforcement officers and firefighters
  • Essential government and public utility personnel
  • Public works personnel
  • Accredited members of the media
  • Individuals engaged in providing shelter for the homeless
  • Essential accommodations industry individuals
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The City is formally asking businesses to close during the hours of the curfew, excluding:

  • Accredited media outlets
  • Accommodations businesses
  • Healthcare services
  • Essential government, military and public utility personnel,
  • Agencies engaged in providing shelter for homeless individuals

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