VERIFY: Are there any exceptions to Chesapeake's new ordinance that targets panhandling?

13News Now has the information.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- The City of Chesapeake has a new ordinance that targets panhandling. It is set to take effect in about a month. 

The new ordinance states "no person shall stand, sit, squat or lie in between motor vehicle traffic lanes on any public right of way, whether or not there is a raised median or other barrier between any such lanes."

After 13News Now brought you the story on the new law, we were asked to verify if the law applies to people like firefighters asking drivers for money for their 'Fill the Boot' campaign. 

Chesapeake Chief of Police K.L.Wright said the campaign falls under an exception to the new law. 

If there is a charitable organization registered with the city, they are exempt.

Firefighters are able to panhandle but they must wear reflective vests.

Below is a list of some of the people exempt from the ordinance: 

  • Emergency personnel
  • Supervised inmates who are mowing ditches
  • Volunteers picking up trash

Wright said organizations that are selling a product do not fall under the exception and will need to stay on the sidewalk.

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