What does Washington's state of emergency mean and how will it work?

A STATE of emergency for Washington, DC, was declared by President Trump on January 11.

Capitol Police were quickly overrun by rioters at the Capitol five days before, leaving five dead and many others injured.

What does Washington's state of emergency mean?

The president ordered federal agencies to provide assistance to local law enforcement as fears of violence continue to mount in the days following the Capitol siege.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser had written to Trump asking for the emergency declaration.

Trump's declaration states that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can provide needed assistance through January 24.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency," the declaration states.

"Emergency protective measures, limited to direct Federal assistance, will be provided at 100 percent Federal funding."

An emergency declaration allows the government to increase powers in a certain area.

Can I travel in or out of Washington DC?

The declaration does not restrict citizen movements or activities, but access to certain affected areas may be limited due to concerns for public safety.

Is there a curfew in DC?

A citywide curfew for the District of Columbia was in effect from 6 pm on Wednesday, January 6, until 6 am on Thursday, January 7.

However, DC is no longer under curfew.

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