Reminder of Prohibited Items in Event Zone for Republican National Convention

The City of Cleveland would like to remind the general public and media of prohibited items in public access areas for the Republican National Convention from July 17-21st. “Public Access Areas” are any space in the Event Zone,  excluding spaces designated as the Secure Zone, that is open to access by the general public,  including streets, sidewalks and public grounds.

Event Zone

Event Zone

  • 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, nunchucks, 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 lengths
    greater than 6’.
  • Glass bottles, ornaments, light bulbs, ceramic vessels, and any other frangible container,
    regardless of whether the container holds any substance.
  • Locks including, without limitation, padlocks, bicycle locking devices, chain locks or similar
    devices, but not including: an integral component of a conveyance or structure; locks when
    utilized by the owner of private real property to secure permanent or temporary fencing; or
    locks attached to a bicycle.
  • Any gas mask or similar device designed to filter all air breathed by the wearer in an
    attempt to protect the respiratory tract and/or face against irritating or noxious gasses or
    other materials. This prohibition on gas masks shall not apply to any person wearing a
    medical oxygen mask that fits over the nose and mouth of the person and provides oxygen
    from an oxygen tank to the person.
  • 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.
  • Tennis balls.
  • Any other item determined by the Chief of Police.

Exceptions:

Persons possessing an item listed above when the person or his/her employer maintains a place of employment within the Event Zone and the possession of said item is in the
normal course of the person’s licensed business or employment and to be used within place of employment.

  • Persons possessing an item listed above when the person resides within the Event Zone and the possession of said item is kept and used within the person’s residence.
  • Law enforcement personnel or other local, state, or federal government employees possessing a prohibited item in the course of their authorized duties.
  • Any licensed medical professional in the performance of their medical duties.

Possession of Obstruction Devices Prohibited; Placing Objects in the Rights-of-Way, Sidewalks, and Roadways

  • It is unlawful for any person, with the intent to obstruct the public’s ability to freely move about on rights-of-way, sidewalks and other areas to which the public has access, to possess or place any tool, object, instrument, or any combination thereof, that is adapted, designed, or intended to be used for obstructing the public’s ability to freely move about on rights-of-way, sidewalks or any other area to which the public has access.
  • This shall include, but is not limited to, the maneuver commonly referred to as the “Sleeping Dragon,” tripods, bipod, pole, any sections of pipe or containers filled with or wrapped in weighted material such as concrete and/or containing handcuffs, chains, carabiners, padlocks, road stars, or other locking devices.
  • It is unlawful for any person to inhibit, for any reason, the movement of emergency equipment on streets, rights-of-way or sidewalks.
  • It is unlawful for any person to place any instrument, tripod, bipod or other pole or object with the intent to obstruct the public’s ability to freely move about on rights-of-way, sidewalks, entrance and exit to private property or any other area to which the public has access.
  • It is unlawful for any person to attach themselves to another person, building, Vehicle, or fixture with the intent to obstruct the public’s ability to freely move about on rights-of-way, sidewalks, entrances and exits to private property, or any other area to which the public has access.
  • Government employees in the performance of their official duties shall be exempt from this section.

About Dan Williams

Director of Media Relations for Mayor Frank G. Jackson, City of Cleveland

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