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Participating in Demonstrations

Post Date:06/02/2020 2:28 PM

The City of Westerville is aware that groups of people are organizing protests and demonstrations this week. These events are expected to be conducted peacefully. People simply want their voices to be heard. 
 
Should the tone or actions of these events change, the City’s public safety agencies are staffed to respond. And, the Westerville Division of Police (WPD) is actively engaged in listening to peaceful and productive conversations with those who live in and are visiting our community.
 
If you plan to participate in these events, we ask you to please join your neighbors in respecting and protecting private property. The City has posted safety protocols below for your reference and to remind others with whom you may interact. 
 
Please help us leave the lines of communication open, particularly with our public safety emergency dispatchers. Please do not call Emergency Communications (9-1-1) for questions or updates. Keeping these resources open and available will help manage any issues we may encounter. The City will post all updates to the website and social media accounts. 
 
If you have comments or suggestions about helping Westerville move forward, please email communityaffairs@westerville.org. City staff will be collecting comments and sharing with staff and elected officials to build upon existing programs. Learn more at www.westerville.org/council.
 
If you plan to participate, please keep the following safety protocols in mind: 

  • If groups wish to gather in the City Hall Courtyard, the group may be no larger than 100 people. Otherwise, a permit may be required to temporarily close State St. for everyone's safety.
  • If road closures are necessary or required for assemblies in any part of the community, a permit is needed.
  • Groups that wish to assemble at the Alum Creek Park Amphitheater may do so without a rental fee ONLY IF the Amphitheater is available. Contact Westerville Parks & Recreation for information: (614) 901-6536.
  • Do not block sidewalks
  • For the safety of all, do not use or congregate IN the street
  • Permission is required to gather on private property
  • No weapons (including sticks, stones, other objects) are permitted
  • Maintain social distancing in accordance with public health best practices
  • Parking: legally park or risk being towed. View the Uptown parking map.

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