DENVER -- Many businesses across Denver are preparing for the worst before election night. Some business owners whose shops were damaged during the George Floyd protests say they’re not taking any chances and are working to protect their property.
"We experienced some people pounding on the windows and honestly, we couldn’t sleep knowing that our store was unprotected and so much unrest going on," said owner of Tasty Thai, Jo Roon.
Now with Election Day nearing, he’s worried his business is in danger.
"We’re going to board up our windows again before the election because we have heard that there is going to be unrest and that’s the best way to be proactive," said Roon.
Several businesses received a postcard from the City of Denver, asking businesses to be cautious and call 911 if anyone causes damage.
"Businesses are on high alert and they’re very cautious on how everything is going to go down because in the previous months we’ve seen the damage that can be caused," said Roon.
I thought there were a lot of businesses boarded up in Downtown Denver this weekend but even more boards are going up today. pic.twitter.com/SyXIRWqQyk— Liz Gelardi (@LizGelardi) November 2, 2020
One block down on Colfax, Holly Brooks, the owner of Capitol Hill Book, has similar concerns.
"The fear is that depending on how it works out, that there will be protests and the protests after dark often turn to violence," said Brooks.
The boards on her bookstore have been up since the protests months ago and they won’t be coming down until days after the election.
"We’re all struggling and especially on top of the COVID pandemic, it just couldn’t get a lot worse," said Brooks.
Even though it’s possible nothing will happen, few are willing to take any chances.