CONTACT: Laura Mayes, (210) 207-1337
SAN ANTONIO (May 31, 2020) — City of San Antonio crews have been cleaning up the downtown area since early this morning and have removed all trash and debris from City streets, sidewalks and public areas. Crews are now focused on removing graffiti from several public facilities, including La Villita, Hemisfair Park and public art along Market Street.
The large-scale, coordinated cleanup effort comes on the heels of a night that saw more than 5,000 largely peaceful protestors downtown, followed by a small number of individuals who caused damage to downtown businesses and City facilities. A total of six individuals were arrested with various charges, including aggravated assault, unlawful carrying of a weapon, inciting a riot and curfew violations.
“I want to acknowledge and thank all of the volunteers who have come downtown this morning to help,” said City Manager Erik Walsh. “Church groups, service organizations and individuals have pitched in. City crews are also out in force, and I want to urge anyone who comes downtown to be careful, as there are several storefronts with broken glass.”
All traffic signals are working, and City crews are cleaning or replacing any signage that was damaged. Crowds damaged several large planters last night, which have been moved and will be repotted. Graffiti is being power washed and painted over, and trash receptacles are being emptied.
“We are in the process of developing a comprehensive assessment of the damage from last night’s events,” said Walsh. “Businesses that have suffered damage should call the San Antonio Police Department’s non-emergency line to file a report – (210) 207-SAPD.”
The City has removed outdoor furniture from several public areas, such as La Villita and Main Plaza. Dockless vehicle companies have been asked to remove scooters from City sidewalks.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg signed a local disaster declaration last night and issued a temporary curfew effective 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, 2020 from until 6 a.m. on Sunday May 31, 2020 and from 10 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2020 until 6 a.m. on Monday June 1, 2020.
During the hours of the temporary curfew all persons must not travel on any public street or in any public place within the designated area of San Antonio’s Downtown Business District. Travel is defined without limitation as travel on foot, bicycle, skateboard, scooter, motorcycle, automobile or any other mode of transporting a person from one location to another.
A public place is defined as any place, privately or publicly owned that is accessible to the general public, including but not limited to public streets and roads, alleys, highways, driveways, sidewalks, parks, vacant lots, parking lots and unsupervised property.
A violation of the temporary curfew is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 180 days in jail.
The map below indicates the boundaries of the downtown business district:
All law enforcement, fire, medical personnel and members of the news media, as well as other designated persons authorized by the City of San Antonio, San Antonio Police Department, Bexar County or State of Texas are exempt from the temporary curfew.
Individuals traveling to and from work or home, seeking medical attention or engaging in exempt activities, fleeing dangerous situations, or experiencing homelessness are also exempt. The curfew does not apply to people who live downtown.