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The District of Rock Island is officially under a nightly curfew for the next 30 days. This curfew is an executive order put in place by Rock Island's mayor due to increased COVID-19 cases and a deadly shooting that occurred in The District on August 28th.

On Wednesday, the city of Rock Island announced on Facebook that Mayor Mike Thoms signed an executive order to implement a curfew for The District of downtown Rock Island. The District of downtown is defined as second avenue from 17th Street to 19th Street, and 18th Street from 1st Avenue to 3rd Avenue.

Last night at 1:00 a.m., businesses in those area were forced to close and no one was allowed in The District between the hours of 1:30 a.m. and 6 a.m.

According to WQAD, Mayor Thoms said that the message is that they don't want large groups loitering. This curfew is to continue for the next 30 days. No one is allowed to loiter in The District with the exception of City and government officials, City and government employees (e.g., police, fire, public works), military personnel, and medical personnel, credentialed members of the news media, and individuals traveling to and from work during the curfew hours.

The official executive order (pictured below) says that the reason for this curfew is due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the Quad Cities and throughout the U.S. The order also sites the deadly shooting that happened on August 29th that killed one and injured 5 others.

Anyone who violates this Order shall be subject to the fines, penalties and provisions set forth under the Municipal Code and all applicable penalties provided for by law.

Credit: City of Rock Island Executive Order/WQAD
Credit: City of Rock Island Executive Order/WQAD