Stores across country board up fearing election-related chaos


Businesses nationwide are fortifying themselves for Election Day riots.

Shops in San Francisco, Beverly Hills, Washington DC, Atlantic City, Chicago, Boston, Indianapolis and Denver have already boarded up their storefronts ahead of Tuesday’s 2020 US presidential election.

In recent days, many businesses in New York City boarded up to gird against civil unrest.

Businesses across the country were not taking any chances following the nationwide protests and widespread looting that occurred following the May 25 police-custody death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

In Washington DC, not far from the White House, eateries, shops, pharmacies and clothing stores have already put up plywood over their glass storefronts.

Several prominent DC businesses are even planning to close for Election Day or the entire week, over potential mayhem and violence stemming from the election face-off between President Trump and Democratic challenger former Vice President Joe Biden, the Washingtonian reported.

The downtown DC office for mortgage giant Fannie Mae told the magazine that it will close for all of this week “out of an abundance of caution” to be prepared for “any potential disruptions associated with the [election].”

In Denver, downtown businesses have been warned by the city to prepare for possible social unrest around the election, prompting stores to board up, local reports said.

Businesses in cities across the country took those same precautions.

Scores of stores in the Big Apple like Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Louis Vuitton, Bergdorf Goodman, Dolce & Gabbana and Tourneau have also placed boards over their storefronts in anticipation of election-related protests.

Presidential Election unrest preperations, Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, USA - 01 Nov 2020

A Target store in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

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The Bank of America branch on Court Street in downtown, Brooklyn.

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A runner jogs past a boarded up business, not far from the White House.


Shops Boarded Up in DC Ahead of Election

Shops Boarded Up in DC Ahead of Election

Businesses are boarded up near the White House in anticipation of violence in the streets following Tuesday’s 2020 general election.



Jessica Richards, 36 photographed outside her store Shen on Court Street in downtown, Brooklyn.

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