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Posted on: May 24, 2022

City of Canton Reaffirms and Amends Curfew Guidelines

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CANTON, OHIO –   As the school year comes to a close, Canton Chief of Police, John D. Gabbard, reminds Canton’s youth about the city’s curfew rules.  The safety, health and wellness of Canton’s youth remain the top priority during these upcoming summer months.  Curfew will be actively enforced and parents along with their children will be held accountable if found in violation.

 

Canton Codified Ordnance 503.02 states: 

No minor shall loiter, idle, wander, stroll or play, or be in or on any vehicle, in or upon any public place within the City of Canton between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., Sunday night through Thursday night, and between the hours of 12:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m., Friday night through Saturday night; provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to the following:

  • To a minor accompanied by a parent, guardian, custodian or other adult person having custody or control of such minor; 
  • To a minor who is on an emergency errand or specific business or activity directed or permitted by his parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of the minor;
  • To a minor whose presence is connected with or required by some legitimate employment, trade, profession or occupation; 
  • To a minor attending or returning, within one hour after the conclusion thereof, from any scheduled activity by the Canton Board of Education such as football or basketball games, or from any other special function scheduled by any other church, school or organization, provided that the church, school or organization shall register the event in advance with the Chief of Police or his designate, who shall require such information as is necessary to implement the provisions of this section.”

 

Please note: Effective June 22, 2022, per Ordinance No. 119/2022 which was approve by Council on May 23, 2022, the Canton Codified Ordinance 503.02 will be amended to read as: “No minor shall loiter, idle, wander, stroll or play, or be in or on any vehicle, in or upon any public place within the City of Canton between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., Sunday night through Saturday night, provided, however, that the provisions of this section shall not apply to the following:…”.

 

“Safety is our top priority.” stated Andrea M. Perry, Director of Public Safety.  “We fully understand the need for children to enjoy their summer. With COVID, the last couple of years have been tough on everyone. However, officers have a duty to enforce the curfew.  This is not a punitive measure.  Parents along with the their children will be held accountable if found in violation.”

 

For more information, contact the Mayor’s office at 330-438-4307.

 

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