Planning to attend the flag removal today? Here’s what you need to know


The Confederate Flag, shown in the background in this photo taken Thursday, will be removed today from the Statehouse grounds during a ceremony that begins at 10 a.m. Here, Maria Calef of Columbia waves a sign Thursday as she yells out “we are taken it down!” in front of the Statehouse. (Photo by Paul Zoeller)

COLUMBIA – The SC Department of Public Safety has announced staging for the public during the Confederate Flag removal, which will be at the Statehouse at 10 a.m. today:

• The North steps and the area on either side of the North steps will be roped off and closed to the media and the public.

• The front, central lawn area directly around the monument will be roped off.

• The public will be allowed to stand behind barriers on each side of the Confederate Flag from the front of the Statehouse (beyond the ropes/barriers) to Gervais Street and Main Street.

• Spectators can also watch from Gervais and Main streets, which will be closed to traffic.

Spectators planning to attend should be advised that the following roads will be blocked off:

• Assembly and Gervais

• Sumter and Gervais

• Main and Lady

Parking will be available at surrounding city garages, including Park Street garage (Park and Senate); Lady Street garage; and metered parking on Assembly Street and Sumter Streets.

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