June 12, 2015

Philadelphia's citywide summer curfew takes effect for minors

Summer curfew hours will extend through August

Curfew Police
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Philadelphia's citywide curfew for minors aims to reduce the number of potential summer incidents.

The Philadelphia Police Department announced on Friday that its citywide summer curfew schedule goes into effect for minors at 9 p.m. tonight.

According to police, the curfew will remain in effect through the summer months and will be strictly enforced along the South Street Corridor in an effort to keep young people safe while reducing the number of potential incidents.

Curfew hours are as follows for the various age groups.

For minors 16 years and older, the curfew shifts to 11 p.m. from 10 p.m. during the school year.

For minors 14-15 years old, the curfew shifts to 10 p.m. from 9 p.m. during the school year.

For minors 13 and under, the curfew shifts to 9 p.m. from 8 p.m. during the school year.

While the city has had a curfew on the books since 1955, the current format was applied citywide in 2011 after after flash mobs and other incidents became a dangerous trend.