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(BALTIMORE) — Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake today lifted the citywide curfew that was instituted after riots erupted Monday following the funeral of Freddie Gray.

In a pair of posts to her verified Twitter account, Rawlings-Blake said that the curfew would be ended immediately. She thanked the citizens of Baltimore for their patience and reiterated that her goal was “to not have the curfew in place a single day longer than was necessary.”


Effective immediately, I have rescinded my order instituting a city-wide curfew. I want to thank the people of Baltimore for their patience.

— Mayor Rawlings-Blake (@MayorSRB) May 3, 2015

My goal has always been to not have the curfew in place a single day longer than was necessary. I believe we have reached that point today.

— Mayor Rawlings-Blake (@MayorSRB) May 3, 2015

Sunday, she said, the city of Baltimore has finally reached that point.

At a Sunday press conference, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said he agreed with Rawlings-Blake’s decision to lift the curfew and that the National Guard would begin to withdraw. “The mayor and I both talked and agreed we think it’s time to get the community back to normal again.”

While most of the protests in the wake of Gray’s death were non-violent, the clashes that took place on Monday night claimed many area businesses, Hogan noted. “Monday night we lost 200 businesses, most of them were minority-owned businesses, many of them didn’t have insurance.”

“Hundreds of millions of dollars have been lost,” Hogan added.

On Saturday, Hogan called for a statewide “Day of Prayer and Peace,” beginning on Sunday. “As we begin to rebuild and restore,” he said in a statement, “let us renew our faith in the true spirity of our city and its people. I pray that tomorrow will be a day of reflection and will serve as a foundation for how we all conduct ourselves in the days and months to come.”

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