Highlights of the story
- The 6 p.m. at 6 am. the curfew is mandatory, with some exceptions
- The US diplomat in Honduras urges calm as the vote is counted
The 10-day curfew will come into effect after 6 p.m. at 6 am. Food transportation, emergency health workers and the accredited press are exempt from the curfew announced Friday night.
"The executive decree orders the arrest of any person who is outside the circulation hours established by the authorities or suspected of causing damage to persons or property," said Jorge Ramón Hernández, coordinating minister of the Government of Honduras, at the national television.
Ordered all state and local authorities to be available to the National Police and the armed forces.
The army and the national police were also ordered to clean demonstrators or persons carrying out illegal activities from public areas, roads, bridges and private or public buildings.
Honduras recounts the disputed ballots of Sunday's presidential election between current President Juan Orlando Hernández and opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla, a leading television star.
Nasralla's sponsors protesting electoral fraud and presidential interference at the polls have clashed with security forces.
In a tweet, Nasralla condemned the curfew and said that declaring the "curfew 12 hours a day while processing the electoral records amounts to a coup in Honduras."  "I condemn the repression and death suffered by the Honduran people due to the coup of the president," said Nasralla.
Heide B Fulton, Chargé d'Affaires of the Embbady of the United States in Honduras, said in a tweet that "the electoral authorities must keep the vote count to completion in a free and transparent manner, without interference." He also wished that "all the parties remain calm while that process develops".
"There is a process to clarify ALL the remaining questions about the contested votes, and political parties have a positive role to play," he said on Twitter.
Nicole Chavez and Joe Sterling of CNN contributed to this report