HOUSTON — Mayor Sylvester Turner has extended his mandatory curfew to midnight and it will ended at 5 a.m. Wednesday.
The curfew effects residents within the Houston city limits and was announced via Twitter Tuesday afternoon.
Turner said the hours were revised to better accommodate relief volunteers, first responders and those seeking shelter.
Officials hope the curfew will help to stop future property crimes against evacuated homes within the city limits.
“Curfew was used after Hurricane Ike,” he added in a second tweet. “Prevented burglaries, looting.”
City officials said anyone found in public areas during the curfew period is subject to citation and arrest under the City of Houston Code of Ordinances.
The curfew does not apply to:
- Emergency responders
- Late shift workers
- Employees of Media Organizations
- Disaster workers and volunteers
- Those seeking shelter