Some DC businesses prepare for the worst as Election Day approaches

Jada Winder

Some D.C. businesses are boarding up ahead of the election as shop owners and residents worry about what could happen in the city this week. FOX 5 saw multiple businesses in Georgetown boarding up Sunday. “It’s a gamble,” said Abraham Mizrahi, owner of men’s shop, Venturi. “We may get lucky and nothing happens or we may have damages, and dealing with insurance and all that is a headache. So we had the boards from the last time we boarded, so we used them again.” One woman said she plans to spend the night in her shop to help protect it should things get out of control. Though Mayor Muriel Bowser has recommended that businesses not board up, some owners are worried, especially following looting and damage that happened during Black Lives Matter protests over the summer following the police killing of George Floyd. When it comes to election concerns, never in modern history has there been such a fear that when the votes are counted and the results are in, the sitting president may not concede if he loses.