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The curfew is in place for the next 30 days.

Rock Island Mayor Mike Thoms issued an executive order stating businesses in the District must close at 1 a.m. The District includes 2nd Avenue from 17th Street to 19th Street and 18th Street between 1st Avenue and 3rd Avenue.

The area will be closed until 6 a.m. to curb loitering in the District. According to the executive order, the curfew is in response to both an increase in COVID-19 cases and the shooting that happened in the area which resulted in a death on August 29.

"We don’t want large groups loitering and that’s the big message," said Mayor Mike Thoms.

You can read the complete executive order here.

Below is the official media release for the Executive Order that was signed by Mayor Mike Thoms earlier today.

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Posted by City of Rock Island Government on Wednesday, September 2, 2020