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Peaceful Protests in Westerville

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The City of Westerville is aware that groups of people are organizing protests and demonstrations. 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.
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Sometimes road closures in Uptown Westerville are required due to large crowds associated with planned protests. When such is the case, the following closures will be in place:

State Street closes between East Park and West Home Streets. The following additional road closure information take effect:

  • East Home Street and the parking lots on the northeast and southeast corners of North State and East Home Streets
  • East College Avenue from State to Vine Streets
  • West College Avenue from State Street to the City Parking Lot
  • Winter Street to the parking lot entrance. Access to the Union Savings Bank drive-thru will be maintained via Winter Street
  • A barrier allowing local traffic only will be placed on Walnut Street for motorists traveling northbound.
  • West Main from State street, to the Middlefield Bank drive-thru.
  • East Main from State Street to the parking areas behind the Uptown businesses/Haywood Alley.
  • East Lincoln Street will be one-way westbound

Parking Restrictions

Parking along Vine Street, between Park Street and Old County Line Road, will be prohibited.