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Chapter 10. Public Peace and Good Order

Sec. 10-101. Curfew.

(1) Loitering of minors (ages 16 and 17). Persons under the age of 18, who have reached their 16th birthday, shall not loiter, idle, wander or play upon the streets, alleys, highways, roads, sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, public grounds, vacant lots or other unsupervised places in the city between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each day, from Sunday evening to Friday morning, inclusive, and between 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. each day from Friday evening to Sunday morning, unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or group supervised by an adult for whom the parent or guardian has given the minor permission to associate with during the hours of curfew, or unless the minor is engaged in the performance of a necessary errand or duty directed by a parent, guardian or other adult having supervision, or in the course of the minor's employment, or if the minor is returning directly home from an activity which had prior approval of the parent or guardian such as family or school activities, church programs or approved organizational activities.

(2) Loitering of minors (ages 13, 14 and 15). Persons under the age of 16, who have reached their 13th birthday, shall not loiter, idle, wander or play upon the streets, alleys, highways, roads, sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, public grounds, vacant lots or other unsupervised places in the city between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each day, from Sunday evening to Friday morning, inclusive, and between 10:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each day from Friday evening to Sunday morning, unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or group supervised by an adult for whom the parent or guardian has given the minor permission to associate with during the hours of curfew, or unless the minor is engaged in the performance of a necessary errand or duty directed by a parent, guardian or other adult having supervision, or in the course of the minor's employment, or if the minor is returning directly home from an activity which had prior approval of the parent or guardian such as family or school activities, church programs, or approved organizational activities.

(3) Loitering of minors (ages 12 and under). Persons who have not reached their 13th birthday shall not loiter, idle, wander or play upon the streets, alleys, highways, roads, sidewalks, parks, playgrounds, public grounds, vacant lots or other unsupervised places in the city between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. each day, unless accompanied by a parent, guardian or group supervised by an adult for whom the parent or guardian has given the minor permission to associate with during the hours of curfew, or unless the minor is engaged in the performance of a necessary errand or duty directed by a parent, guardian or other adult having supervision, or if the minor is returning directly home from an activity which had prior approval of the parent or guardian such as family or school activities, church programs or approved organizational activities.

(4) Responsibility of adults. No parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of a minor under 18 shall knowingly permit a minor to violate subsection (1), (2) or (3) of this section unless the minor is accompanied by his parent, guardian or another adult person having care or custody of the minor, or unless the minor is engaged in an activity as prescribed in this section.

(Code 1982, 9.19)