Polk County will implement an order and declaration implementing a curfew during a declared state of emergency for Hurricane Irma. County Manager Jim Freeman signed the order that will go into effect at 12:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.
The curfew order, requested by the Emergency Management Director and Sheriff, imposes a 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. curfew, which is necessary to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all individuals in Polk County. About 80 percent of Polk County is without electricity due to Hurricane Irma. Representatives from Duke Energy, Lakeland Electric and Tampa Electric said today that it could take up to two weeks to completely restore power to all sections of Polk County.
The following are exempt from this order:
- Essential services, such as fire, police, emergency medical services, hospital services, including services for the transportation of patients, utility emergency repairs, and emergency calls by physicians and other appropriate emergency relief actives;
- County and municipal emergency management personnel;
- On-duty military personnel;
- Media personnel;
- Persons traveling to and from work, and
- Any municipality may opt out of this curfew at their discretion.
Violation of this order is a second degree misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500 for each offense. The curfew will be in effect until repealed by subsequent order of the County Manager or his designee.