Chatham Co. curfew confusing some local businesses

Chatham Co. curfew confusing some local businesses

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Curfew confusion and a lot of it.

Tuesday, the City of Savannah expressed hope that the 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. city-wide curfew would be lifted by Wednesday. Only to have County Commission Chairman Al Scott send word that the curfew may last until the weekend.

The power is back on for most of the city. The downtown hotels are starting to fill up again and the squares are filled with people enjoying the Hostess City again. That is until about 8:30 p.m. when stores and restaurants feel obligated to close so employees have time to get home by 10 p.m.

Treylor Park is one of the dozens of restaurant that never lost power. It became a haven for the hungry during Hurricane Matthew until the city shut it down.

With all the police, and soldiers in the streets, owner Trey Wilder is confused as to why the curfew is even needed now.

"I was just trying to find out why. Because people were happy in here. They seemed to be forgetting about what was going on outside," said Wilder. "We had calls from first responders to deliver food and also at the time had firefighters actually in here getting ten pizzas to go and had cops in here getting to-go food."

Adding to the confusion, a message sent out by the Downtown Business Association Tuesday said that all businesses could operate on their usual schedules, even though patrons can't be on the streets.

I spoke with Tourism Leadership Council President/CEO Michael Owens. He says businesses have already lost millions over the last few days, and the city has lost hundreds of thousands in tax revenue.

He just hopes the chairman will not keep the curfew in place any longer than absolutely necessary.

The city and county are the ones who impose the curfew, while SCMPD only enforces what the city and county managers decide..

The curfew will remain in effect for all of Chatham County at least through Saturday morning at 7 a.m. The public will be informed if officials decide to extend the curfew past the Saturday more lift time.

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