There is a curfew in effect near the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa as police begin clearing out the area ahead of President Trump's rally this weekend.
The curfew started at 10 p.m. Thursday and goes until 6 a.m. Saturday.
It'll lift during the day on Saturday and goes back into place after the President's rally until 6 a.m. Sunday.
Tulsa's Mayor G.T. Bynum signed an executive order issuing this curfew.
Police also said the area around the BOK Center will need to be free of vehicles and pedestrian traffic.
The only exceptions will be for people who live or work in that area.
Tulsa Police said they understand many people are unaware that a curfew will be in place.
If anyone is in violation of the curfew, police will request that they leave the area. If anyone refuses to leave, they may be cited or arrested.
Tulsa Police posted the following information about the curfew on their Facebook Page:
As part of our preparations for President Trump’s Rally this Saturday, we are working on making the area secure for everyone’s safety.
As posted earlier, the area illustrated in this map will need to be free of vehicles and pedestrian traffic.
In an effort to start clearing the area, Mayor G.T. Bynum has signed Executive Order 2020-11 which places a curfew for the area in the map.
This curfew will start tonight, June 18, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. and be in effect until 6:00 a.m. Saturday June 20, 2020.
After the rally there is a continued curfew from Saturday, June 20, 2020 until 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 21, 2020.
These are the restrictions outlined in the Executive Order:
1. People are prohibited from walking, running, loitering, standing or motoring upon any alley, street, highway, public property, sidewalk, or vacant premises within the boundaries indicated above, except for official designated duty in response to the emergency, providing public safety services, or going to or from a place of residence or work.
2. The manufacture, transfer, use, possession or transportation of a Molotov cocktail or any other device, instrument or object designed to explode or produce uncontained combustion is prohibited within the limits of the City of Tulsa.
3. The transporting, possessing or using of gasoline, kerosene, or combustible, flammable, or explosive liquids or materials in a glass or uncapped container of any kind is prohibited within the limits of the City of Tulsa, except in connection with the normal operation of motor vehicles, normal home use or legitimate commercial use.
We understand that many people are unaware that a curfew will be in place and barricades are still in the process of being setup. If we find anyone in violation of the Executive Order this evening, we will request that they leave the area based on the curfew. If people refuse to leave the area, they may be cited or arrested.
This is an unprecedented event for the City of Tulsa and has hundreds of moving parts, we are asking for everyone’s help in making this a safe event for all citizens.