On Sunday, demonstrators are set to hold a "white civil rights rally" on the anniversary of last year's "Unite the Right" protest. With regard to the security area in downtown Charlottesville, law enforcement personnel will man two entry points for pedestrians seeking to exit the security area.
The declaration allocates $2 million in funds to pay for state resources ahead of the weekend's events.
She added her condolences to the family of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed last year after a neo-Nazi driver ploughed his vehicle into a group of anti-racist protesters.
In response to questions regarding what intelligence has been gathered about any demonstrators or groups planning to show up this weekend, public officials have said that such information can not be publicly revealed.
'Virginia continues to mourn the three Virginians who lost their lives in the course of the demonstrations a year ago.
"Some of our members are concerned about safety for their staff and guests and came to us with questions as we are a resource for the restaurant community".
Schoep also addressed the Charlottesville, Virginia incident and said his group, "acted in self defense ... we are not the ones creating the violence. Peace to ALL Americans!" the president added.
"I think 400 is optimistic but we'll see", he said told NewsHour, after reading Kessler's permit application. A group of white nationalists had also descended onto Charlottesville for the rally.More news: Medvedev: More US Sanctions are Economic War
Earlier in 2017, the Charlottesville City Council had voted to remove the Lee statue and rename the park where it is located.
One woman was killed and dozens injured in August of 2017 when a group of white supremacists gathered to protest about the removal of a Confederate monument in the city- clashes erupted when counter-protesters and police got involved.
Local and state authorities framed the weekend's heightened security as a necessary precaution.
On Saturday morning, the university hosted a "morning of reflection and renewal", with musical performances, a poetry reading and an address from University President James Ryan.
Sunday's Unite the Right rally in LaFayette Park near the White House is organized by Jason Kessler, who invited the NSM to the Charlottesville event. "We hope the anniversary of those events passes peacefully", said Northam. Kessler said on Thursday that he would be in Washington on Saturday, as well, and that he did not know of any plans for other events in Charlottesville.
The clashes turned deadly when a auto ploughed into a group of counter demonstrators, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
The counter-protests in Washington have renewed the debate over whether small demonstrations of racist extremists should be ignored, or greeted with forceful public opposition.
Ryan recalled how a group of students and community members faced off against the white supremacists near a statue of Thomas Jefferson on campus, calling it a "remarkable moment of courage and bravery".