CLEVELAND, Ohio-- When the Republican National Convention gets underway in Cleveland the city will be a gracious host to visitors with all of downtown open for business but for many of the people who live and work and study here the routine will be anything but normal.
Streets close to the Quicken Loans Arena will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic; some off ramps will be closed and ODOT will be closing parts of local interstates during pre-determined hours of the day and night.
ODOT is recommending alternate routes for people who are coming downtown but many companies with downtown headquarters are encouraging their employees to work from home during the week.
Downtown colleges and universities are not shutting down but Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University are scaling back, closing buildings and encouraging teachers to either hold classes online or at another location.
Case Western Reserve has issued a statement saying:
"In light of last week's tragedies, Case Western Reserve is reducing operations during the days of the Republican National Convention. As other Northeast Ohio colleges and universities, classes will be conducted off campus, delivered using online methods, and/or rescheduled for dates before or after July 18-21. We have asked faculty and staff to limit their activities on campus to tasks considered essential-for example completing an ongoing laboratory experiment whose results would be severely compromised if not addressed next week. The university took these steps after extensive deliberation and out of an abundance of caution relative to the national context of recent violence that could have the potential-however remote-to spur additional incidents. The safety of our community is Case Western Reserve's highest priority and we believe these steps will enhance our ability to keep the campus secure."
Students said the school will provide shelter to hundreds of law enforcement personnel and representatives of the Ohio National Guard.
Also closed during the week of the Republican National Convention will be the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Court dockets have been cleared so that attorneys, witnesses and jurors will not have to come downtown during the convention.
Arraignments will be held but all trials have been re-scheduled
Cleveland Municipal Court will be open and is expecting to have a very busy week.
Many of those impacted by the changes tell Fox 8 News they believe the right decisions have been made.
The city is still encouraging visitors to come downtown, but suggests everyone who is coming should bring with them an extra measure of patience.