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Nez announces weekend curfew

Navajo Times | Donovan Quintero

A Navajo Police officer with the Tuba City District speaks to a driver about the overnight curfew that went into effect on the Navajo Nation last week. This weekend the curfew will be extended to the daylight hours.


In the wake of 30 new COVID-19 cases announced Monday, President Jonathan Nez ordered a 57-hour curfew starting at 8 p.m. Friday, April 10 and lasting until 5 a.m. Monday, April 13.

Essential personnel like first responders are exempted.

Police are authorized to cite, fine and possibly detain anyone caught violating the curfew.

Nez said in a press release the measure is necessary because people are still violating the reservation-wide stay-at-home order and spreading the disease, as is evident by the statistics.

“We’re in the fight together, but we have to be united if we want to beat the virus sooner than later,” added Vice President Myron Lizer.

About The Author

Cindy Yurth

Cindy Yurth is the Tséyi' Bureau reporter, covering the Central Agency of the Navajo Nation. Her other beats include agriculture and Arizona state politics. She holds a bachelor’s degree in technical journalism from Colorado State University with a cognate in geology. She has been in the news business since 1980 and with the Navajo Times since 2005, and is the author of “Exploring the Navajo Nation Chapter by Chapter.” She can be reached at


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