Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Activists plan protest outside the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., US, April 20, to protest COVID-19 related business restrictions.

This alert affects Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

This alert began 20 Apr 2020 00:01 GMT and is scheduled to expire 20 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Protest
  • Location(s): Harrisburg, Pa. (map)
  • Start Time/Date: 1200 April 20
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, heightened security

Summary
Members and supporters of several organizations, including ReOpen PA, plan to hold a protest outside the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, starting at 1200 April 20. Activists are demanding regional authorities to lift some of the business restrictions in the state, which are currently in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Thousands are likely to participate in the demonstration, which may lead to transport and business disruptions. Security personnel could order demonstrators to disband, as the latter may violate the state's restrictive measures put in place to halt the spread of COVID-19. While widespread clashes are unlikely, skirmishes are possible. Similar protests have taken place in recent days elsewhere in the US without major incident.

Advice
Allow additional time to reach destinations if operating in Harrisburg April 20. Heed the instructions of authorities.