California is pulling back on issuing permits for events and activities, including protests, at all state facilities, California Highway Patrol Officer John Ortega told CNN.
California Highway Patrol manages security at state sites and requires organizers to obtain a free permit for a protest to be staged.
Some background: On Monday, protesters gathered at the state capitol in Sacramento to demonstrate against California’s continuing stay-at-home order.
Protest organizers received a permit for the assembly and initially stated that they intended to practice physical distancing, saying they would simply drive around the state capitol in their cars, honking their horns.
However, aerial video from CNN affiliate KCRA showed dozens of protesters outside of their vehicles, standing close to one another, with only some wearing face coverings.
California Highway Patrol provided a statement regarding protests during the coronavirus pandemic:
“In the interest of public safety and the health of all Californians, during the COVID-19 pandemic, effective immediately the California Highway Patrol will deny any permit requests for events or activities at all state facilities to include the state capitol until public health officials have determined it is safe to gather again,” the statement reads.