Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Activists to protest in Richmond, Va., US, April 22 to demand that authorities lift business restrictions.

This alert affects Richmond, Virginia

This alert began 22 Apr 2020 14:16 GMT and is scheduled to expire 22 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Protest
  • Location(s): Richmond, Va. (map)
  • Start Time/Date: 1100 April 22
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions, heightened security

Summary
Activists associated with the organization ReOpen VA plan to hold a protest in Richmond, Va., April 22 to demand that authorities lift some of the business restrictions, which are in place due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Demonstrators intend to remain inside their vehicles and drive between the Virginia State Capitol and the Science Museum of Virginia, starting at 1100. The protest will coincide with meetings of members of the Virginia General Assembly in those two locations.

Thousands of people are likely to participate in the demonstration, which may lead to transport and business disruptions throughout Richmond. Heightened security is likely, especially around the State Capitol and the Science Museum of Virginia. Clashes are unlikely, but some skirmishes cannot be ruled out.

Background and Analysis
Protests demanding state authorities to lift business restrictions have been occurring in multiple US states since mid-April, due to the measures most governors have put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Most of the demonstrations have not caused major disruptions. Similar protests are likely to continue happening in state capitals in the coming days and weeks, as some restrictions are extended.

Advice
Allow additional time to reach your destination, if operating in Richmond April 22. Heed the instructions of authorities.