By Ravi Roelfs, Diversion Staff
It’s summertime! – and maybe that means each of us do some of our favorite things- like go to a baseball game. After over a year of staying inside to prevent the continued spread of COVID-19, everyone is aching to get out and “Go the Distance”, as quoted from Shoeless Joe Jackson, from the 1989, movie Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner.
While each of us are maneuvering through a new normal and continuing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant, I’d like to take a moment and remind everyone about curfew requirements, which are in place all year long.
Currently, we have the opportunity to stay out longer due to nice summer weather, but still need to remember the curfew requirements for youth in our community. Listed below are the times posted across all of Washington County:
-11:00pm-5:00am Everyday15-16:-11:00pm-5:00am Sunday-Thursday
There are some exceptions given the circumstances of the situation. Examples such as being with a responsible adult, going or returning from work, an emergency, attending a supervised event in the community, or had written permission from a parent. Local police departments report an increase in juvenile concerns after curfew hours. If juveniles are out past curfew they are more likely to be committing crimes or being victims of crimes. Curfew is put into place to provide safety for the youth in our community and help reduce crime.
The Youth Service Bureau offers services for youth and families when a child may not be abiding the curfew times. We also have a link on our website with all of the curfew times listed. We hope you encourage your children to make safe choices and enforce the curfew in our community. Have a safe and fun summer.
Best wishes for a safe rest of your summer and start to the school year.
For Washington County and surrounding communities
NOTE: Curfew times are determined by each local jurisdiction, and take precedence over County curfews. Check your city/town’s ordinances for the most up to date curfews in your area. If not listed, County curfews apply.
- Ages 11 & Under: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday – Thursday/ 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday
- Ages 12 to 14: 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday – Thursday/ 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday
- Ages 15 to 16: 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday – Thursday/ 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. Friday and Saturday
Clients may be required to write a 3-5 page paper educating themselves on Curfew. Areas researched in the paper might be- Why Curfew Exists, who is impacted by Curfew, legal consequences, how curfew affects others, parents expectations and goal setting.