Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Activists plan to hold a protest in Augusta, Maine, US, April 20 to demand that authorities lift business restrictions.

This alert affects Augusta, Maine

This alert began 20 Apr 2020 12:45 GMT and is scheduled to expire 20 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Protest
  • Location(s): Augusta, Maine (map)
  • Date: April 20
  • Impact: Heightened security, transport disruptions

Summary
Activists associated with several organizations, including Mainers Against Excessive Quarantine, plan to hold a protest in downtown Augusta, Maine, April 20 to demand state authorities lift some of the business restrictions in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Activists, including state lawmakers, intend to march between Blaine House, the governor's residence, and the Maine State House, starting at 1200. Simultaneously another group of demonstrators plans to drive their vehicles around the area in support of the end of restrictions.

Hundreds of people are likely to participate in the demonstration, with associated transport and business disruptions. Heightened security in the area is likely. Skirmishes are possible. State authorities have reminded organizers that a stay at home order is in place, and participants could face fines and even arrest.

Advice
Allow additional time to reach your destination, if operating in Augusta, April 20. Heed the instructions of authorities. If violence breaks out, leave the area immediately.