Drones temporarily banned around and over the Robert E. Lee monument

Robert E. Lee monument

Hundreds of people in Richmond gather around the Robert E, Lee monument on June 3,2020. (Photo: 8News Reporter Talya Cunningham)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Drones will not be allowed anywhere around and over the Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond during its removal this week.

Virginia Capitol Police said in a tweet that drones are temporarily banned due to an order from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Prior to this order, you could fly a drone around the statue but not over it.

The ban covers a 2-nautical-mile radius around the statue. The ban took effect at midnight on Tuesday, Sept. 7 and is expected to last until 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9.

The Robert E. Lee monument will be removed on Wednesday. Preparations for its removal will start tonight at 6 p.m. when crews install protective fencing along Monument Avenue and Allen Street. 

This is a developing story. Stay with us for updates.

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