A curfew got underway in downtown Greenville this weekend. Officials say that teens–and their parents–should take this seriously. Anyone under 18 must now be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian between 10 pm and 6 am on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as on any night before a holiday observed by the City of Greenville.
Greenville Police have been working with school districts in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson and Pickens Counties to reach as many students and parents as possible to warn them about the new rule.
The area affected is larger than many people may realize. It covers approximately one square mile, extending from the West End to the North side, including the Bi-Lo Center area. The area includes Main Street, but extends all the way to Academy and Church Streets.
Authorities say as many as 1,000 kids gathered in downtown Greenville last weekend.
Officers will be authorized to use their discretion in determining whether someone is in violation of the curfew. There will be a designated site where youth who knowingly disregard the curfew can be taken to wait for a parent or legal guardian to pick them up.
By the way, the curfew applies to those in vehicles as well as those on foot.
The rules exclude any youth on their way to or from work, or a church or place of supervisd activities, or if they’re on their way home from a downtown business or performance. Kids running errands for a parent must have written permission.