Orange County Mayor Theresa Jacobs announced a mandatory curfew to take effect Sunday at 7 p.m. through Monday 6 p.m. while Hurricane Irma passes by Central Florida.


In Orange County and Seminole County, essential health care employees on their way to work will be allowed on the road. Mayor Jacobs said the county will consider a shorter curfew if conditions become less dangerous and stressed that citizens should not leave their home or shelter before conditions improve.

“If you’re out and about […] the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement officers in Central Florida will stop you, detain you, and most likely arrest you,” said Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings.

“The curfew, persons are prohibited from being on public streets, highways, parks or other public places,” Seminole County said.

“Restrictions will be enforced by all law enforcement agencies throughout the county.”

The University of Central Florida resides in Orange County although is bordered by Seminole County to the North. Students will fall under either curfew, currently spanning the same timeframe.

In 2016, Orange County and Seminole County enacted 33-hour and 26-hour curfews, respectively, in as Hurricane Matthew passed by the East coast.