Richmond police urge people to avoid State Capitol

Police patrolling around State Capitol ahead of Lobby Day

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond police are urging people to avoid downtown in the area of the Virginia State Capitol.

Sunday, law enforcement spent time getting final security barriers in place. That includes additional crowd control fencing and dump trucks strategically placed.

Both Richmond and Virginia Capitol Police are out on the streets patrolling.

Sunday featured some people milling around the downtown area, taking photographs and curious about the unprecedented security measures.

But large crowds are anticipated on Monday for Lobby Day, part of legislative efforts during the current Virginia General Assembly session.

While all permitted events for Lobby Day have been canceled, a car parade for gun rights will still unfold downtown.

The governor’s office tells NBC12 the governor is monitoring all intelligence this weekend.

The office of Mayor Levar Stoney said the focus is on Monday right now. Also, lawmakers are meeting Monday to continue General Assembly work.

The House of Delegates is virtual, but the Virginia State Senate does meet in-person.

Richmond police are asking people to stay away from downtown on Monday and the days following.

The Virginia State Capitol complex remains closed through at least Thursday.

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