Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Activists plan protest in Richmond, Va., US, 1130 April 16, to demand authorities lift COVID-19 restrictions. Disruptions likely.

This alert affects Richmond, Virginia

This alert began 16 Apr 2020 13:57 GMT and is scheduled to expire 16 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Protest
  • Location(s): Richmond, Va. (map)
  • Time Frame: 1130 April 16
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, heightened security

Summary
Members and supporters of several organizations, including Reopen Virginia, plan to hold a protest at Virginia Capitol Square in Richmond, Virginia, starting 1130 April 16. Activists are demanding Governor Ralph Northam lift restrictions on business operations and end the stay-at-home order from May 1. Authorities in Virginia recently extended orders to keep nonessential businesses closed through at least May 8, while the stay-at-home order is in place through June 10, due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Hundreds are likely to participate in the demonstration. Security personnel may order demonstrators to disband as they will likely violate the state's ban on gatherings. While widespread clashes are unlikely, skirmishes are possible. Similar protests have taken place in recent days in North Carolina and Michigan without major incident.

Advice
Allow additional time to reach destinations if operating in Richmond April 16. Heed the recommendations of authorities. If violence breaks out, leave the area immediately and seek shelter in a secure location.