UPDATED 10:45 AM PT – Friday, October 30, 2020
Police in Washington D.C. have planned to establish “no parking zones” for a majority of streets in the downtown area on election night.
NEW: Washington DC police announce they're closing a whole bunch of streets near the White House for Election Day and Election Night. pic.twitter.com/4WDKRK8csI
— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) October 29, 2020
In a news conference Thursday, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser stated the measures are aimed to “ensure the city’s safety.” She added that officials were working to prepare for the worst as she believes some residents would like to cause mayhem.
Meanwhile, many small businesses in the area have prepared for possible protests by boarding up their windows as well as hiring security personnel.