The mayor by proclamation may prohibit assemblies of three or more persons in specified geographic areas of the town after he finds that any such assemblies constitute a clear and present danger of prolonging or aggravating an existing emergency which endangers lives, safety and property. The proclamation shall be in writing and state the mayor's findings. The mayor shall take reasonable steps to give notice of the terms of the proclamation to those affected by it and shall post a copy of such proclamation in the town hall. The mayor shall retain a text of the proclamation and, upon request, shall furnish certified copies of such proclamation for use as evidence.
The proclamation shall specify the geographical areas in which the restrictions apply.
The mayor may amend the proclamation from time to time, making such modifications in the geographical areas to which it applies as he determines to be necessary to maintain the purposes of the prohibition.
The mayor shall by proclamation remove the prohibition when the emergency no longer requires it, or when directed to do so by the board of commissioners.
(Code 1974, § 5-15)
Any police officer may order any assembly prohibited by a proclamation authorized by this article to disperse.
(Code 1974, § 5-16)
Any member of an assembly ordered to disperse by a police officer acting under authority of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor if he fails to comply with the order and shall be punishable upon conviction as provided by section 1-6 of this Code.
(Code 1974, § 5-17)
(17) Cross reference— Streets, sidewalks and other public places, ch. 22. (Back)