In an effort to cut through the confusion surrounding the Chinese delegation visit we have assembled answers to the most common questions posed to us. We will also have officers canvasing around the affected area handing out fliers explaining what to expect.
Question: How exactly will Secret Service/SPD be enforcing a security zone for workers and people heading to meetings? Can someone simply give the address of where they’re heading, or will official verification required?
Answer: No official verification is required. Vehicles can access the security zone either at 5th Avenue between Lenora and Virginia (open from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m.) or at Stewart between 6th and 7th Avenue (open 24 hours). Pedestrians can enter at any point. Both vehicles and pedestrians are subject to search under Title 18, United States Code, Section 1752.
Question: We load our trucks with equipment/supplies along either side of our building, both of which are in the security zone. Do we need any special permit or permission?
Answer: Vehicles can load and unload within the security zone. General street parking will not be available.
Question: Will I be able to get into a parking garage that is inside the security zone?
Answer: Yes, but plan for and expect delays.
Question: Will I be able to get to a business within the security zone?
Answer: Yes, but if you are going in a vehicle, plan for and expect delays.
Question: Will I be able to go to the Pacific Place Mall? Westlake Mall? The Federal Courthouse?
Answer: If you are planning on travelling to a destination outside of, but adjacent to, the security zone, plan for and expect delays due to traffic congestion.
Question: Will people on bikes be allowed in the security zone?
Answer: Yes. The same rules that apply to pedestrians apply to bicyclists.
Question: I have a disabled placard for my car. Will I be able to park on 7th near Olive?
Answer: Yes, 7th Avenue is open to traffic, as is 4th Avenue, Virginia Street, and Lenora Street. Because this is on the edge of the security zone, there will be traffic congestion. Plan for and expect delays.
Question: Will the Wednesday night Sounders game be affected?
Answer: The game will not be affected. Plan for and expect delays due to traffic congestion.