Brockton implements curfew amid coronavirus outbreak

Another Massachusetts city has implemented a curfew seeking to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Brockton Mayor Robert Sullivan signed the order this week, which went into effect Friday evening.

The order mandates Brockton residents stay in their homes between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. daily. It allows for travel for essential workers going to and from work.

The city also banned all “non-essential gatherings,” including birthday parties and all other celebrations and social events “of any size for any reason.”

It states, “Any concentration of individuals outside their home must be limited to workers providing essential services or those undertaking essential tasks and physical distancing must be maintained.”

The mayor advised but did not mandate masks be worn at all times outside homes when social distancing is not possible, including inside essential businesses.

It will remain in effect until it is lifted by city officials.

Anyone in violation faces fines up to $1,000.

Brockton follows multiple other Massachusetts communities in implementing orders to curb the spread of the virus.

In Boston, Mayor Marty Walsh saw too many issues with people ignoring social distancing guidelines.

On April 6, Walsh issued a stay-at-home advisory for the city of Boston. Residents were urged to stay home between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. with essential workers excluded. The advisory began on April 7.

“We can all help slow the spread by covering our faces,” Walsh said at the time.

The city of Lynn has a mandatory curfew asking residents to stay home at night and into the morning. The announcement came on April 12.

Just like Boston, people were told to stay home between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., excluding essential workers and people getting medical care.

“These orders will ensure that the entire community can achieve the maximum amount of social distancing, while continuing to provide and receive essential services, and ultimately slow the spread of COVID-19 to the maximum extent that we can,” Lynn Mayor Thomas McGee said.

Lynn banned all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason. People were still allowed outside but only for non-contact activities. People in Lynn were told to practice social distancing and wear some kind of mask outside.