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New London police issue parking, gathering restrictions for Biden visit on Wednesday

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New London — Parking restrictions will be in place Wednesday during the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's 140th Commencement ceremony featuring President Joe Biden as the keynote speaker.

Parking restrictions will be in effect beginning at 5 a.m. on Wednesday. There will be no parking allowed on River Ridge Road, Deshon Street, Nameaug Avenue, Oneco Avenue, Farnsworth Street, Winchester Road and Uncas Avenue.

The parking restrictions, along with the closing of Riverside Park, will remain in effect until later in the day at the discretion of the police department. Parking tickets will be issued and vehicles towed. There will be periods of time when roadways in the vicinity of the USCGA will be closed to traffic.

Additionally, police have issued an advisory for anyone looking to gather outside the academy during the graduation ceremony, which starts at 11 a.m.

Members of the public will be allowed to assemble at the following locations: McKinley Park at the corner of Williams Street and Crystal Avenue, the grass parcel on Williams Street just past the highway overpass at Williams and Briggs streets, and the grass parcel across the street from the main gate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (in front of the fence). Individuals will not be permitted to congregate past the main gate.

For safety and security purposes, anyone gathering in the designated areas will not be allowed to wear full masks or face-covering items of any sort. COVID-19 style masks are allowed. Also not allowed at gatherings are signs with sticks and/or posts, backpacks and/or bags, amplified noise without a city permit and sticks or posts of any sort.

Please contact the New London Police Department with any questions at (860) 447-5269.

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