Hurricane Matthew: Delray Beach issues curfew, suspends several city services

Shutters on the windows at parts of Delray Beach City Hall were secured early Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)

Shutters on the windows of some building at Delray Beach City Hall were secured early Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016 in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew. (Photo by Lulu Ramadan / Palm Beach Post)

DELRAY BEACH — Update, 5:30 p.m.: With Hurricane Matthew looming, the city has issued a mandatory curfew, suspended several services and shut down city offices and parks.

The curfew takes effect 6 p.m. on Thursday and lasts until 6 a.m. Friday, according to city officials. All alcohol sales are banned during those hours.

City Hall and other facilities as well as parks were closed at 3:30 p.m. and will remain closed through the weekend. Garbage pickup is suspended Thursday and Friday.

The Downtown Roundabout Trolley will continue run until 11 p.m. today. The service will be suspended Thursday and Friday.

Old School Square and Federspiel parking garages are closed until further notice, according to city officials.

Original story: All meetings and community events today through Sunday are cancelled as the city prepares for approaching Hurricane Matthew.

The city implemented its emergency measures at a city commission meeting late Tuesday. Shutters were secured outside some windows of City Hall, at 100 NW 1st Ave., early Wednesday, although city offices were still open to the public.

Advisories will be issued later today regarding the closures of city facilities, public transportation, trolley services and garbage pickup, according to city officials.

» For information on who to contact within the city and how to get up-to-date information on how the storm is affecting Delray Beach, see The Palm Beach Post’s Quick Guide to Hurricane Matthew.

“All citizens are urged to use caution as the onset of tropical storm-force winds and excessive rain may cause flooding, debris in roadways and down power lines,” said Mayor Carey Glickstein at a city meeting Tuesday night.

He offered tips to residents to prepare for the storm: