In an effort to increase the safety of downtown Las Vegas, the Las Vegas City Council today approved a bill that creates a separate curfew specific to downtown Las Vegas. The 9 p.m. curfew is scheduled to go into effect on Friday, and will affect youth under the age of 18 from being in the area bound by Main Street, Maryland Parkway, Stewart Avenue and Bridger until 5 a.m. The bill will apply to the First Friday event this week.
There are several exceptions, including:
• If the child is accompanied by his or her parent, or other responsible person who is over the age of 21 and approved by the child's parent or legal guardian;
• If the child is legally employed, for the period from one-half hour before to one-half hour after work, while going directly between his or her home and place of employment. This exception shall also apply if the child is in a public place during curfew hours in the course of his or her employment. To come under this exception, the child must be carrying a written statement from the employer attesting to the place and hours of employment;
• If the child is coming directly home from a meeting or a place of public entertaining, such as a movie, play or sporting event, or from a school, social or religious activity. This exception will apply for one-half hour after the completion of such event, but in no case beyond one a.m.
• If the child is, with the consent of his or her parent or legal guardian, engaged in interstate travel;
The city has received and been working in partnership with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on this effort. This downtown curfew is modeled after the curfew on the Strip for underage youth.
There is already an existing curfew in the city of Las Vegas, which does not allow youth to loiter between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday; and between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
In addition to the curfew applying to the October First Friday event this week, the Fremont Street Experience (FSE) and Fremont East Entertainment District are also making changes to accommodate the large crowds common with First Friday. Both will have temporary fencing in place. The FSE event will be limited to people 21 and older.