Camden Set to Impose Nighttime Curfew

The city of Camden, N.J, is imposing a curfew on businesses including restaurants and retailers, starting on Monday.

Roberto Corrales, a spokesman for the mayor's office, said the curfew aims to improve quality of life and cut down on "unlawful activity."

Restaurants and retailers will be required to shut their doors from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from midnight to 6 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Other businesses, including gas stations and drug stores, will be allowed to stay open, as will businesses located more than 200 feet from residential areas, according to the ordinance.

The curfew does not apply to businesses with liquor licenses.

Some business owners have filed a lawsuit against the city to stop the imposition of the curfew. A lawyer representing those businesses hasn't responded to a call for comment.

Camden is often cited as a high-crime and dangerous city. Faced with the highest crime rate in the country, the mayor is also planning to replace the city’s police force with a “Metro Division” of the Camden County Police Department.

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