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§ 10-819. State Of Emergency.

(1) Emergency Measures. The Mayor of the City of Philadelphia is authorized, if he finds that the City or any part thereof is suffering or is in imminent danger of suffering civil disturbance, disorder, riot or other occurrence which will seriously and substantially endanger the health, safety and property of the citizens, to declare a STATE OF EMERGENCY and take the following specified measures throughout the City or any part thereof:

(a) Prohibit or limit the number of persons who may gather or congregate upon the public highways or public sidewalks, or in any outdoor place, except persons who are awaiting transportation, engaging in recreational activities at a usual and customary place, or peaceably entering or leaving buildings;

(b) Halt access or egress upon public highways to or from the City or any part thereof;

(c) Suspend operations at municipal airports;

(d) Halt the movement of trains, boats or other vehicles into, within or from the City;

(e) Establish a curfew limiting the hours when persons may go upon or travel the public streets;

(f) Require the closing of taprooms and bars and prohibit the sale or service of alcoholic beverages in any hotel, restaurant, club or other establishment;

(g) Prohibit or restrict the sale of gasoline or other inflammable liquids;

(h) Prohibit the sale, carrying or possession on the public street or public sidewalks, or in any public park or square, of weapons including, but not limited to, firearms, bows and arrows, air rifles, slingshots, knives, razors or missiles of any kind.

(2) Duration. The STATE OF EMERGENCY declared by the Mayor shall exist for the period set forth in the proclamation but not in excess of two weeks. However, the STATE OF EMERGENCY may be extended for additional periods of two weeks.

(3) Penalty. Any person who violates these emergency precautions taken by the Mayor under the authority of this ordinance shall be subject to a fine of not less than one hundred (100) dollars nor more than three hundred (300) dollars, or imprisonment for a term not to exceed ninety days, or both.

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