[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the City of Hagerstown 7-20-1970. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- CIVIL EMERGENCY
- A riot and disorderly picketing or demonstrating or unlawful assembly, characterized by the use of actual force or violence or any threat to use force, if accompanied by immediate power to execute the same by two or more persons acting together without authority of law, or any natural disaster or man-made calamity, including flood, conflagration, cyclone, earthquake, tornado, explosion or complete electrical blackout within the corporate limits of Hagerstown, resulting in the death or injury of persons or the destruction of property to such an extent that extraordinary measures must be taken to protect the public safety and welfare.
- The prohibition against any person or persons walking, running, loitering, standing, remaining or motoring upon any alley, street, highway, public property or vacant premises within the corporate limits of the City of Hagerstown, except persons officially designated to duty with reference to said civil emergency.
When, in the judgment of the Mayor or, in his absence, the judgment of the majority of the Council, a civil emergency as defined herein is deemed to exist, he or they shall forthwith proclaim, in writing, the existence of the same.
After the proclamation of a civil emergency by the Mayor or a majority of the Council, he or they may order a general curfew applicable to such geographical areas of the City or to the City as a whole as he or they may deem advisable and applicable during such hours of the day or night as he or they may deem necessary in the interest of the public safety and welfare.
After a proclamation of a civil emergency as aforesaid, the Mayor or a majority of the Council, as the case may be, may also in the interest of public safety and welfare make any or all of the following orders:
Order the closing of all retail liquor stores.
Order the closing of all beer taverns.
Order the closing of all private clubs or such portions thereof within which the consumption of intoxicating liquor and/or beer is permitted.
Order the discontinuance of the sale of beer.
Order the discontinuance of the selling, distributing or giving away of gasoline or any liquid products, flammable or combustible, in any container other than the gasoline tank properly affixed to a motor vehicle.
Order the closing of gasoline stations and other establishments, the chief activity of which is the sale, distribution or dispensing of liquid products, flammable or combustible.
Order the discontinuance of the selling, distributing, dispensing or giving away of any firearms or ammunition of any character whatsoever and provide for their safekeeping.
Order the closing of any or all establishments or portions thereof, the chief activity of which is the sale, distribution, dispensing or giving away of firearms and/or ammunition.
Order the temporary closing of any and all streets, alleys and other public ways in the City of Hagerstown.
Issue such other orders as are deemed necessary for the protection of life and property.
Should the Mayor or the majority of the Council deem it necessary to invoke any or all of the provisions of §§ 76-1 through 76-4, inclusive, he or they shall give notice of the same by means of a written proclamation publicly posted in City Hall and issued to the news media for immediate dissemination to the public.
[Amended 7-17-1990 by Ord. No. 1990-39]