The Lee Monument grounds will close to the public from sunset to sunrise, in accordance with the Virginia Department of General Services’ regulations. The overnight closure will remain in place indefinitely.
On Tuesday, DGS worked to secure the concrete barriers around the Lee Monument and post rules and regulations signs. The following is an example of the signage posted:
“The substantial increase in pedestrian and bicycle traffic in and around the monument and intermittent blockages to vehicular traffic within the intersection pose serious safety risks,” Dena Potter of the Virginia Department of General Services said in a statement Monday.
Visitors of Lee Monument during daylight hours must also adhere to the following regulations:
- Vehicles are prohibited
- No climbing on the statue or its steps
- Maximum occupancy is 500
- No additional banners, flags, posters or other objects shall be placed on or affixed to the statue
- Unlawful activity is prohibited
- Events expected to draw 10 or more people require a permit