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A curfew: Restriction requiring people to be off the streets or in their homes at night.
Etymology: From French: “Cover + fire,” a warning to avoid accidental fires. Timeless advice.
Curfews in the news
This month, selected European cities imposed curfews to limit the spread of COVID-19.
The resolution is unpopular among youth, bar and restaurant patrons but a tremendous relief for introverts and owls.
Potential reasons to break curfew
Human interaction: Overrated. All you need is a good mirror to chat with.
Pets: “Yes officer, my ferret needs to be walked 8 times a day.”
Dating: So now we have to wear a condom and a mask? 2020 is truly terrible.
Boredom: Why be bored when there’s so much to panic about?
Pros and cons of curfew
* Spend more time with your partner and children.
* Cook for yourself and eat healthy.
* More time to catch up on current events.
Cons: All of the above.