The National Parks Service has granted permits for the Unite the Right Rally and several counter-protests for Sunday, August 12th. All guns have been banned from the events and the DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is planning to have a heavy presence to prevent violence. They have also prepared several emergency measures to prevent escalation. We recommend reviewing our travel advisory , our previous statement, as well as our safety information and the Visit DC safety page, and plan travel appropriately.
In addition to this we will have bag checks at both the main entrance to the convention center and at the entrance from the Marriott Connector tunnel. MPD officers are assisting us to supplement our regular security. They will be patrolling inside and outside the convention center. We have also adjusted our points of entry and event layout to better prevent unauthorized access to the convention space.
We are committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment to all of our attendees. If you do experience harassment at con, contact a staff member or visit our Access Control office in room 204A (first room in the hallway on the right when you come up the main stairs, behind the stanchions).
Please use caution and be safe.
Otakorp Board of Directors