NASSAU COUNTY, NY – Nassau County Executive Laura Curran today released County protocols designed to protect residents’ right to peacefully and safely demonstrate, and ensure the safety of protestors and the general public. Nassau County is well into Phase Three of the Governor’s Reopening Plan, which has resulted in increased vehicular traffic on public roadways. This guidance is essential to ensuring emergency response units, such as firetrucks and ambulances, can reliably access necessary locations. Demonstration organizers are reminded of the below information so that they may guide participants accordingly to ensure everyone’s cooperation and safety.
“As this sustained national protest movement continues, Nassau County will continue to protect our residents right to safe, peaceful protest, as well as take the precautions necessary to ensure the safety of demonstrators, law enforcement, and the public. We have a duty to protect the public’s right to exercise their first amendment right safely, and to protect motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. With more cars on the road and increased public gathering, our number one concern is keeping everyone safe,” said Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.
“We are urging all residents to stay smart and follow these safety protocols. Nassau County PD will continue to work directly with protest organizers in order to ensure the safety of demonstrators, officers, and local communities. Our officers have sworn an oath to protect and serve all residents, and that’s what they’ll continue to do,” said Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder.
Public Demonstration Protocols