QUINCY, Fla. (WTXL) — Quincy officials have a warning for their residents: If you're caught being outside for no legitimate reason, you may be criminally cited.
Wednesday, Quincy released some new curfew guidelines.
According to city officials, if you are caught out for no legitimate reason, you may be criminally cited with a Notice To Appear, a misdemeanor offense, and you'll be required to appear in court at a later date.
Gadsden County is still under a curfew from 9 p.m. until 6 a.m.
"For the past week law enforcement has been somewhat lenient and only given curfew violators verbal warnings. That phase is ending and beginning today," officials wrote in part on Facebook.
If you have family members or relatives that you know routinely “hang out” at neighborhood spots such as convenience stores or other public areas, the city is asking that you inform them of the changes and pending enforcement on these issues by law enforcement.
That doesn't mean you can't go to the gas station or go out shopping for groceries. It means you should limit any movement outside your home to essential activities only as outlined in Gov. Ron DeSantis' safer-at-home order.
You can read the full release of guidelines on the city's Facebook page.
To avoid being cited, the city is asking that you cooperate with our state, county and city governments by staying at home as much as possible.
If you must go out, city officials ask that you please do the following to prevent becoming infected with COVID-19:
1. Wear A Mask! Covering your face (nose and mouth) has been proven to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
2. Wash your hands with soap often and every time you come indoors.
3. Use hand sanitizer often to kill germs
4. If you cough or sneeze do in the inner part of your elbow (not your hands)
5. If you find yourself sick with flu like symptoms such as difficulty breathing, coughing and a fever DO NOT go to your doctors office without calling them first! Call first and your doctor will give you instructions of what to do.