Virginia Beach Courthouse to close back entrance to public, ban outside drinks starting next Monday

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The Virginia Beach Courthouse will close its back entrance to the public, according to the Virginia Beach Sheriff's Office.
The Virginia Beach Courthouse will close its back entrance to the public starting Monday, April 3. (Photo courtesy of the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office.)

VIRGINIA BEACH — People going to the Virginia Beach Courthouse soon won’t be able to get in through its back entrance or bring outside drinks inside.

The indefinite security changes start Monday, April 3, according to a Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office new release.

“As always, public safety is our first priority,” Sheriff Ken Stolle said in a release. “And these changes will improve the safety of the hundreds of people who come and go from the courthouse every day.”

The public will only be able to get in the courthouse through its main entrance at 2425 Nimmo Parkway. The back entrance, at the intersection of James Madison Boulevard and Courthouse Drive, will remain open to law enforcement and courthouse workers, according to the release.

Outside drinks will be prohibited from the courthouse, with an exception for baby formula, according to the release.

The changes come as a result of the sheriff’s office’s ongoing threat assessment at the city’s courthouse and the correctional facility. The goal is to ensure safety in one of the most heavily trafficked public buildings, according to the release.

Staffing will increase at the courthouse’s security checkpoint in its main entrance to serve the high volume of people expected to walk through its doors.

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