From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — The city of Birmingham responded to inquiries after a rumor was spread that the city was shutting down on Thursday, June 4, due to potential unrest.
Mayor Randall Woodfin said the city has not announced a shut down and that rumors of the city closing are untrue. Several businesses in downtown Birmingham have evacuated as a precaution. The University of Alabama at Birmingham sent out a text alert announcing some parts of the campus would close at 2 p.m.
“Due to possible protests downtown, UAB will close campus early today using weather group assignments for those on campus,” the alert said. “Green will close at 2 p.m. Yellow ask your supervisor. Red remains open.”
Woodfin said the city’s priority is to keep people safe and updated with credible information. He said the city does not plan on shutting down but will stay in contact with law enforcement about any threats to the city.
The mayor also said fencing has been put around Linn Park for public safety purposes.
Mayor Woodfin’s full statement can be read below.2020.6.4.Statement From The Birmingham Mayors Office