Pulaski Supervisors raise concerns over scheduled Radford University rally

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RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — The Pulaski County Board of Supervisors is raising concerns about the upcoming student rally on Radford University’s campus, “The Bigger Picture March.”

The Board is worried about the spread of the coronavirus.

“Our primary concern is that a public gathering is happening, regardless of what the content of the gathering is,” said Joe Guthrie, Chair of the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors.

Guthrie says he’s had constructive conversations with Radford leaders, both from the city and the university, about the upcoming “Bigger Picture March” on Saturday, Sept. 19.

“The thing we’ve done is offer a suggestion that we could have this rally as a virtual form,” Guthrie said.

Guthrie says there’s a lot of intermingling between Radford and Pulaski County residents who live nearby, and a gathering like this threatens the health of those residents.

According to Guthrie, “We watch with concern when we learn there will be a large public gathering.”

When WFXR News spoke with Radford spokesperson, Caitlyn Scaggs, she stated the rally has the blessing of the university and health officials.

“Abiding by the public health guidelines is a condition of participation,” Scaggs said. “It is an expectation, and they must be followed in order for individuals to participate on campus.”

“We applaud that, but at the same time we are concerned about how well or effectively that could be enforced,” Guthrie responded.

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, Radford Mayor David Horton posted on Facebook, saying, “We are working with the proper authorities to ensure the safety of our community around campus and throughout Radford.”

Even if he’s concerned for the event, Guthrie has offered the help of Pulaski County first responders to help ensure that safety on Saturday.

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