Restrictions Around Debate Site

(Cleveland) - There will be a lot of restrictions around the site of Tuesday night's Presidential Debate at Cleveland Clinic's Health Education Building.

The City of Cleveland Board of Control has approved an extensive list of prohibited items in the Presidential Debate event zone. The event zone is designated as East 79th Street to Stokes Boulevard and Hough to Cedar Avenue surrounding the Cleveland Clinic main campus. The newly passed regulations go into effect on Sept. 28 at 12:01 a.m. and end at 6 a.m. on Sept. 30, 2020. The debate is scheduled for the evening of Sept. 29.

The following items prohibited in the public spaces – such as streets and sidewalks - of this area include:

 Lumber larger than 2” in width and ¼” thick, including supports for signs;

 Metal, plastic, or other hard material larger than ¾” thick and 1/8” in wall thickness including pipe and tubing;

 Any air rifle, air pistol, paintball gun, blasting caps, switchblade or automatic knife, knife having a blade two and one-half (2-1/2) inches in length or longer, cestus, billy, blackjack, sword, saber, hatchet, axe, slingshot, BB gun, pellet gun, wrist shot, blackjack, metal knuckles, nun chucks, mace, iron buckle, axe handle, shovel, or other instrumentality used to cause property or personal damage;

 Any dangerous ordinance, weapon, or firearm that is prohibited by the laws of the State of Ohio;

 Any explosives, explosive device, or incendiary device;

 Fireworks and rockets;

 Sound Amplification Equipment;

 Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems;

 Containers of bodily fluids;

 Aerosol cans;

 Mace, Pepper Spray or other chemical irritant;

 Umbrellas with metal tips;

 Any projectile launchers, such as water guns and water cannons;

 Rope, chain, cable, strapping, wire, string, line, tape, or any similar material, in greater than 6’ lengths;

 Glass bottles, ornaments, light bulbs, ceramic vessels, and anything else frangible, regardless of whether the container holds any substance;

 Locks including, without limitation, padlocks, bicycle locking devices, chain locks, or similar devices, but not including: (i) an integral component of a conveyance or structure; (ii) locks when utilized by the owner of private real property to secure permanent or temporary fencing; or (iii) locks attached to a bicycle;

 Tents and other shelters, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, mattresses, cots, hammocks, bivy sacks, or stoves;

 Coolers or ice chests;

 Backpacks and bags exceeding the size of 18” x 13” x 7”;

 Lasers;

 Non-plastic containers, bottles, cans, or thermoses;

 Ladders;

 Grappling hooks, sledgehammers, hammers, and crowbars;

 Canned goods

Law enforcement will work diligently and cooperatively to ensure the safety and security of all residents of and visitors to the City of Cleveland both in the event zone and throughout the city’s neighborhoods on Sept. 29, 2020. The City of Cleveland recognizes citizens’ First Amendment rights to free speech and peaceful demonstration and will support those who choose to voice their opinions in a lawful manner. Violence and illegal activity will not be tolerated. Members of the public are invaluable partners to law enforcement as they are our eyes and ears. If you see something, say something. Report illegal and suspicious behavior to police.

In addition, there will be parking bans beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 28 until 6 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 for the following areas:

University/Cleveland Clinic Restrictions

E. 89th Street from Carnegie Avenue to Cedar Avenue

E. 89th Street from 2176 E. 89th St. to Cedar Avenue

E.90th Street from 2205 E. 90th St. to Cedar Avenue

E. 93rd Street from 2223 E. 93rd St. to Cedar Avenue

E. 95th Street from 2225 E. 95th St. to Cedar Avenue

E. 97th Street from 2221 E. 97th St. to Cedar Avenue

E. 100th Street from 2197 E. 100th St. to Cedar Avenue

E. 101st Street from Wain Ct. to Cedar Avenue

E. 103rd Street from Wain Ct. to Cedar Avenue

Euclid Avenue from East Blvd. to E. 118th Street

Juniper from East Blvd. to E. 115th Street

Wade Oval East Blvd to East 108th Street

Sterns Euclid Avenue to Cedar Avenue

Cedar Avenue from E. 89th Street to E. 105th Street

East Blvd from Jeptha to Euclid Avenue

Martin L. King Boulevard from Chester Avenue to Jeptha

Bellflower from East Blvd. to E. 115 Street

Circle from Adelbert Road to Cornell

Wade Park from Ansel to E. 118 Street

Dearing from Stokes to Sterns

East 101 Street from Chester Avenue to Ansel Avenue

Ansel Avenue from E. 101 to Hough Avenue

Downtown Restrictions

Lakeside Avenue south to Carnegie Avenue From E. 18th Street west to the Cuyahoga River

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