One downtown merchant confident it will be peaceful, but still concerned.
Frederick, Md (KM) A rally and march protesting the death of George Floyd is scheduled for Friday in Frederick, and one downtown business owner hopes it goes off without any problems. Mary Jean Clark is the owner of Voila Special-Teas. “:Prior protests have always been peaceful,and I hope this one follows that suit,” she said.
Demonstrations have been taking place across the country after participants saw a video where a Minneapolis Police Officer is seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck while he’s on his back. .Floyd complains he can’t breathe. The cop’s knee remains on Floyd’s neck for eight-minutes until an ambulance arrives. He’s later pronounced dead. The officer has been fired from the police department and is charged in Floyd’s death.
A lot of people took to the streets to protest this death. Some of the protests have turned violent. Clark was asked if she’s worried. “Are there concerns? Yes, because of outside influences,” she said.
She was also asked if the city has given the merchant community enough information about what to expect during the demonstration. “I think they’re doing the best that they can,” said Clark. “In every scenario, you don’t really know what you don’t know. I’m grateful that information is forthcoming to the merchants and the merchant community so we can be as prepared as possible.”
In its planning for the demonstration, city officials say roads will be temporarily closed on Friday, including Market, West All Saints and 2nd Streets. Other closures may be necessary, they say.
The city says parking garages are open, but on-street parking won’t be available on many streets in the downtown.
The Frederick County Health Department says COVID-19 is still widespread in the community, and any gathering could increase the chances anyone could contract the coronavirus. Everyone is urged to wear a face mask, wash their hands frequently and maintain a distance of at least six-feet from other people. Because of the warm weather, it’s best to stay hydrated, use sun screen and know the signs of heat-related illnesses.
The City says restrooms and handwashing stations will be available throughout the city. The restrooms in the Church Street and Carroll Creek parking garages will be open from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM on Friday. Temporary restrooms and handwashing stations will be set up at Mullinix Park and Baker Park.
By Kevin McManus