Philly renews curfew, SEPTA suspends service to Center City amid ongoing unrest

Police ride through Philadelphia after night of unrest

Police ride through Philadelphia Sunday morning after a night of unrest left business tagged, smashed and looted. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philadelphia has renewed its mandatory, citywide curfew in response to what officials described as “ongoing protests and violence.”

The curfew will be in effect from 6 p.m. Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday. People will be allowed to leave their homes only to go to work at essential businesses, to seek medical attention or to seek police assistance.

SEPTA has also modified its service ahead of expected demonstrations.

Subway, bus and trolley service in Center City was suspended at noon. The restrictions will remain in place until further notice.

Bus routes will be detoured or suspended south of Vine Street, north of South Street, and east-west river-to-river. Trolley routes will be limited to service to-and-from 30th Street and out into neighborhoods in West and Southwest Philadelphia.

On the Market-Frankford Line, shuttle bus service is operating between Girard Station and Frankford Transportation Center in both directions due to fire department activity.

On the Broad Street Line, trains are expressing from Girard to Ellsworth-Federal stations in both directions. All Ridge Spur and Express service is suspended.

Riders can check SEPTA’s latest service changes at SEPTA.org.

The shutdown was announced amid ongoing unrest over police brutality and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Several road closures put in place Sunday due to “civil unrest and vandalism,” per city officials, were lifted Monday morning.

All roads — including the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, I-676 and all of its exits, and the Center City traffic box — have reopened.

All city services and Philadelphia government operations — except for public safety — remain closed Monday. All city testing sites are closed as a result. Residents can check the city’s testing site map for further information

City-run meal distribution sites normally open on Mondays have been postponed to Tuesday.

A City Council budget hearing set for Monday — for which Philadelphia Police are expected to receive a $14 million increase under Mayor Jim Kenney’s post-COVID-19 budget — was also postponed.

The city’s regularly scheduled coronavirus briefing scheduled for Monday was similarly canceled.

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