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  • Retailers across the country boarded up their windows and some are closing early on Tuesday night
  • The NYPD’s Strategic Response Group of roughly 600 officers are ‘preparing for the worst’ 
  • Deputy Chief John J. D’Adamo said looters had become ’emboldened’ which creates an ‘unprecedented’ scenario for officers
  • One NYPD cop said officers were having bottles and bricks thrown at them during clashes with protesters
  • The Sergeants Benevolent Association – the largest NYPD union – said public safety was ‘on the line’ 
  • Restaurants are mainly staying open and will gauge the situation on Wednesday as it unfolds
  • A small number of offices, dentists and doctors practices have already decided to close 
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday there was no specific threat, despite the intensified police preparations
  • Similar scenes are unfolding in California and Washington DC, where businesses are boarding up
  • Australia is telling residents not to travel to the US because of the potential unrest; it is one of the few countries people are still allowed to travel from 
  • Many retailers and small businesses are terrified they will be looted like in June, when unrest swept the nation 

By JENNIFER SMITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

PUBLISHED: 06:56 AEDT, 3 November 2020 | UPDATED: 03:00 AEDT, 4 November 2020

Businesses across America are boarding up their windows ahead of potential chaos following the election as special police units prepare to tackle looters and rioters and foreign governments warn people not to visit the US for fear of civil unrest.  

In cities all over the country, retailers, offices and art galleries were putting plywood on their windows to protect their inventory ahead of Tuesday’s election and the mayhem it might spark, no matter which candidate wins.

In New York City, NYPD dump trucks were positioned across the street from Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. 

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While many offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a small number of doctors and dentists offices are quietly telling patients that they will close on November 4. 

New York’s restaurants and bars – which are still struggling to recover after being forced closed for months – are waiting gingerly to see what unfolds. 

TRUMP TOWER, NEW YORK CITY: NYPD dump trucks were positioned across the street from Trump Tower on New York City's Fifth Avenue

TRUMP TOWER, NEW YORK CITY: NYPD dump trucks were positioned across the street from Trump Tower on New York City’s Fifth Avenue

LOS ANGELES: Workers board up stores on Rodeo Drive on Monday in preparation for Election Day. Businesses across America are securing their windows ahead of potential chaos following tomorrow's election as special police units prepare to tackle looters and rioters and foreign governments warn people not to visit the US for fear of civil unrest

LOS ANGELES: Workers board up stores on Rodeo Drive on Monday in preparation for Election Day. Businesses across America are securing their windows ahead of potential chaos following tomorrow’s election as special police units prepare to tackle looters and rioters and foreign governments warn people not to visit the US for fear of civil unrestTIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY: Businesses along the tourist strip in Times Square boarded up their windows Monday

TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY: Businesses along the tourist strip in Times Square boarded up their windows MondayMANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: Businesses and stores along 5th Avenue near West 54th Street in Manhattan had been boarding their store fronts the day before the election on Monday

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: Businesses and stores along 5th Avenue near West 54th Street in Manhattan had been boarding their store fronts the day before the election on MondayWASHINGTON D.C.: Crews plan on building 'non-scalable' fence around White House complex. Pictured large white fences in front of the White House on the South Lawn

WASHINGTON D.C.: Crews plan on building ‘non-scalable’ fence around White House complex. Pictured large white fences in front of the White House on the South LawnWASHINGTON D.C.: Outside the White House, workers built a 'non-scalable wall', similar to the barrier erected in June, amid fears of civil unrest+

WASHINGTON D.C.: Outside the White House, workers built a ‘non-scalable wall’, similar to the barrier erected in June, amid fears of civil unrestLOS ANGELES: Laborers board up windows at the Le Jardin des Enfants preschool

LOS ANGELES: Laborers board up windows at the Le Jardin des Enfants preschoolSAN DIEGO: Workers board up the windows at the Broadway Lofts on Monday in Southern California

SAN DIEGO: Workers board up the windows at the Broadway Lofts on Monday in Southern California WASHINGTON, DC: Plywood is erected outside a Tiffany & Co jewelry store in the nation's capital on Monday

WASHINGTON, DC: Plywood is erected outside a Tiffany & Co jewelry store in the nation’s capital on Monday WASHINGTON, DC: City workers assemble a fence outside the White House on Monday night

WASHINGTON, DC: City workers assemble a fence outside the White House on Monday night WASHINGTON DC: A concrete barricade is placed behind a fence outside the White House to provide support

WASHINGTON DC: A concrete barricade is placed behind a fence outside the White House to provide supportWorkers put up fence around the White ouse TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY: Plywood covers the windows of a store on a corner in Times Square on Monday

TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY: Plywood covers the windows of a store on a corner in Times Square on Monday Businesses board up in New York a

Many are likely to pull their outdoor dining furniture inside but remain open in the hope of some business, according to industry experts. 

Small retailers are ‘scared’ of the potential looting but are ‘more scared’ of another lockdown so are choosing to stay open for the meantime, risking their inventory, insiders say. 

Even the White House is taking added precautions. A large fence was erected on Monday as a last minute effortto keep crowds out. 

Canada and Australia are telling citizens to avoid parts of the US where there are demonstrations for fear of potential violence, even though travel from both countries is currently banned due to the pandemic.  

NEW YORK CITY: Stores in popular shopping districts across the Big Apple, including Madison Ave, Fifth Avenue, Flatiron, Broadway near Soho and West Broadway erected boarding ahead of election day TRUMP TOWER, NEW YORK CITY: Armed police were on patrol outside Trump Tower on NYC's Fifth Avenue

TRUMP TOWER, NEW YORK CITY: Armed police were on patrol outside Trump Tower on NYC’s Fifth AvenueFIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Businesses and stores along both sides of the famous shopping district in NYC were boarded up

FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Businesses and stores along both sides of the famous shopping district in NYC were boarded upSOHO, NEW YORK CITY: G Star on Lafayette Street in Noho, downtown Manhattan, on Monday as the city prepared for election day chaos+

SOHO, NEW YORK CITY: G Star on Lafayette Street in Noho, downtown Manhattan, on Monday as the city prepared for election day chaos SOHO, NEW YORK CITY: Stores on West Broadway in Manhattan's SoHo boarded up their windows on Monday and many are closing temporarily in anticipation of the election unrest

SOHO, NEW YORK CITY: Stores on West Broadway in Manhattan’s SoHo boarded up their windows on Monday and many are closing temporarily in anticipation of the election unrestSOHO, NEW YORK CITY: Workers outside Zara in SoHo in Manhattan on Monday were boarding up the windows on Monday ahead of Tuesday's election which police fear may trigger riots and looting

SOHO, NEW YORK CITY: Workers outside Zara in SoHo in Manhattan on Monday were boarding up the windows on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s election which police fear may trigger riots and lootingSOHO, NEW YORK CITY: Hugo Boss in Soho on Monday. In June, many stores across the iconic shopping district were ravaged by looters

SOHO, NEW YORK CITY: Hugo Boss in Soho on Monday. In June, many stores across the iconic shopping district were ravaged by looters SOHO, NEW YORK CITY: West Broadway in Soho on Monday. The streets of New York were emptier than usual due to a combination of the city being quieter because of COVID, cooler temperatures and anticipation for Tuesday's election

SOHO, NEW YORK CITY: West Broadway in Soho on Monday. The streets of New York were emptier than usual due to a combination of the city being quieter because of COVID, cooler temperatures and anticipation for Tuesday’s electionSOHO, NEW YORK CITY: Forever 21 in Soho on Monday had 'we're open!' signs plastered across the plywood boards to still try to attract customers

SOHO, NEW YORK CITY: Forever 21 in Soho on Monday had ‘we’re open!’ signs plastered across the plywood boards to still try to attract customersFIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Stores along 5th Avenue had police officers watching out on election day in NYC

FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Stores along 5th Avenue had police officers watching out on election day in NYCSOHO, NEW YORK CITY: More stores on Lafayette in New York City on Monday afternoon ahead of the election

SOHO, NEW YORK CITY: More stores on Lafayette in New York City on Monday afternoon ahead of the election FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Saks Fifth Avenue between East 50th Street and East 49th Street in Manhattan had been boarded up the day before the election

FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Saks Fifth Avenue between East 50th Street and East 49th Street in Manhattan had been boarded up the day before the electionFIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: The New School University Center is boarded up on Tuesday morning+

FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: The New School University Center is boarded up on Tuesday morningTIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY: The Sergeants' Benevolent Association - the largest NYPD union - warned on Twitter that 'public safety is on the line'.

TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY: The Sergeants’ Benevolent Association – the largest NYPD union – warned on Twitter that ‘public safety is on the line’.

Despite Mayor Bill de Blasio claiming on Monday morning that there was no specific threat, the NYPD’s elite Strategic Response Group – which consists of a group of 600 cops on bikes – is preparing ‘for the worst’.  

‘We’re hoping for the best this week but we’re prepared for the worst. People have gotten emboldened out there. The largest NYPD union said 'public safety is on the line' in response to a video tweeted by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the unrest+6

The largest NYPD union said ‘public safety is on the line’ in response to a video tweeted by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about the unrest 

‘We’re living through unprecedented times. 

‘But we’re prepared for whatever might happen,’ Deputy Chief John J. D’Adamo, the boss of the unit, told The New York Post this week. 

The Sergeants’ Benevolent Association – the largest NYPD union – warned on Twitter that ‘public safety is on the line’. 

‘NYC and NYS need a change. Laws are not enforced and violence continues to claim our streets,’ the union said in a tweet as it endorsed Republican Congressional candidate Nicole Malliotakis. 

Earlier, the union responded angrily to a tweet from CNN’s Wolf Blitzer who had shared a video of boarded up streets in Washington DC, saying it was something he’d never seen before an election. 

‘Maybe if the media told the truth and covered both sides fairly of politics and police involved incidents we would not be dealing with everyday riots. 

‘Take a bow Wolf you failed with the rest of the media and now public safety is on the line,’ the union said. 

Last week, cops clashed with BLM protesters in Downtown Brooklyn after what was intended to be a peaceful protest turned violent. Workers continue to board up NYC stores ahead of election dayEMPIRE STATE BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY: The ground floor of the Empire State Building has been boarded up for fear of looting and rioting

EMPIRE STATE BUILDING, NEW YORK CITY: The ground floor of the Empire State Building has been boarded up for fear of looting and riotingTIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY: An office building at Times Square was boarded up by Monday afternoon ahead of the election

TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY: An office building at Times Square was boarded up by Monday afternoon ahead of the election FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Saks Fifth Avenue on Midtown has been entirely boarded up from the outside+

FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Saks Fifth Avenue on Midtown has been entirely boarded up from the outside FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Workers prepare more boards to put over windows in NYC

FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Workers prepare more boards to put over windows in NYCTIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY: Retailers putting plywood on their windows to protect their inventory ahead of tomorrow night's election

TIMES SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY: Retailers putting plywood on their windows to protect their inventory ahead of tomorrow night’s electionFIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Bergdorf Goodman, another iconic store, was placing plywood on windows on Monday. Some of the department stores will remain open but close earlier to allow people time to vote

FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Bergdorf Goodman, another iconic store, was placing plywood on windows on Monday. Some of the department stores will remain open but close earlier to allow people time to voteCrews board up stores in New York ahead of electionFIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Tuesday's presidential election has the nation on edge and business and property owners in some of America's major cities are taking no chances in case violence spills out into the streets

FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Tuesday’s presidential election has the nation on edge and business and property owners in some of America’s major cities are taking no chances in case violence spills out into the streetsFIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Ahead of election storm, businesses and government offices across the nation batten down the hatches in case of rioting and unrest5TH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Ahead of election storm, businesses and government offices across the nation batten down the hatches in case of rioting and unrestMANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: Stores around Penn Station were also boarded up

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY: Stores around Penn Station were also boarded upFIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Cole Haan on Fifth Avenue was boarded up by workers ahead of the election

FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: Cole Haan on Fifth Avenue was boarded up by workers ahead of the electionFIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: New York's famous Bloomingdale's was also boarded up

FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY: New York’s famous Bloomingdale’s was also boarded upBusinesses prepare for election night mayhem by boarding

The protests this week follow months of unrest and anger against police that many say they’ve never seen before. 

‘I was a cop during Occupy Wall Street and I thought that would be the worst I’d ever see but I was wrong. 

NYC ultra-rich hire armed guards to prepare for civil unrest 

New York City’s wealthy elite are hiring armed guards in the run-up to the election. 

At the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, managers are deploying off duty cops with ‘submachine guns’ to stand watch, according to the New York Post.

Other top buildings, such as 220 Central Park South on Billionaire’s Row, say they are already well guarded but will take extra precautions, like keeping entrances locked at night.ADVERTISEMENT

‘In 16 years I’ve never seen anything like what’s going on now. We’re getting bottles, bricks, you name it thrown at us now,’ one, who wished to remain anonymous, said. 

While the police force is actively preparing for possible unrest this week, some businesses are waiting to see whether or not they should close. 

Andrew Rigie, director of the New York Hospitality Alliance, told DailyMail.com on Monday morning that restaurants were not yet boarding up. 

It is mostly retailers who are nervous about looting, especially given how much of it was seen across the city during the summer amid unrest over the killing of George Floyd. 

‘Many are scared. Although it seems to depend on the neighborhood. 

‘It seems retail and restaurants are the pawns in a game that exceeds means and influence. Most just want to be left alone. 

‘There is a lot of fear of future lockdowns beyond the potential for riots,’ Bruce Backman, a spokesman for a coalition of small retailers, said.

In Washington DC, Fannie Mae, a federal mortgage loan company,  said it would close its offices all week ‘out of an abundance of caution’.

FreedomWorks, a conservative advocacy group, has also closed its doors.

Most travelers from other countries are still prohibited from entering the US. However some of the few who are allowed entry are being told to avoid it. 

Australia is advising citizens not to travel at all because of the pandemic but anyone who does, somehow, end up in America is also being advised to steer clear of protest hotspots. 

In a statement, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said: ‘Protests and demonstrations continue in several US cities.

‘Avoid areas where protests are occurring due to the ongoing potential for violence.’ 

People who have been in mainland Europe, China, Iran, Brazil, the UK and Ireland are still banned from entering the US under the COVID-19 rules.  WASHINGTON, DC: Pictured a couple walking past the Warner Building on Pennsylvania Ave

WASHINGTON, DC: Pictured a couple walking past the Warner Building on Pennsylvania AveWASHINGTON, DC: Workers boarding up business at the 1200 Block of I Street

WASHINGTON, DC: Workers boarding up business at the 1200 Block of I StreetWASHINGTON, DC: Workers line up metal panels while building a fence near the White House on Monday night

WASHINGTON, DC: Workers line up metal panels while building a fence near the White House on Monday night Stores in Times Square are boarded

Canada is still advising residents not to travel outside of the country but those who do are now also being told to avoid areas of protests and demonstrations after multiple nights of violence in Philadelphia over the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr.  

Australia - which has banned people from leaving anyway - is also telling people not to travel anywhere in US because of the 'potential violence'

Australia – which has banned people from leaving anyway – is also telling people not to travel anywhere in US because of the ‘potential violence’ 

On its tourism website, Canada says: ‘Demonstrations have been taking place in Philadelphia, since the shooting of an American citizen by police on October 26, 2020. 

Clashes have occurred between protesters and police.

‘Protests and demonstrations have occurred since May 25, 2020, in several US cities. 

‘Clashes have occurred between protesters and police, and have included the use of tear gas. Confrontations have resulted in casualties.

‘Further protests could occur and local authorities could impose additional curfews without notice.’ 

Both countries are issuing the guidance despite already having bans on people leaving their countries because of COVID-19. 

In Washington, they have been boarding up stores since last week. 

‘We have to be ready. They smashed the windows and just walked out with everything,’ said Ali Khan 66, who works at a now-barricaded downtown Washington liquor store where thousands of dollars in merchandise was stolen in June protests.   WASHINGTON, DC: A sign warns the public not to bring dangerous weapons beyond a certain point near the White House

WASHINGTON, DC: A sign warns the public not to bring dangerous weapons beyond a certain point near the White HouWASHINGTON D.C.: Crews plan on building 'non-scalable' fence around White House complex. Pictured: a large re-enforced structure at the intersection 17th Street and E street

WASHINGTON D.C.: Crews plan on building ‘non-scalable’ fence around White House complex. Pictured: a large re-enforced structure at the intersection 17th Street and E streetWASHINGTON D.C.:Crews plan on building 'non-scalable' fence around White House complex. Pictured a work crews, working around a stack of fencing at 17th Street and E street. Christopher Oquendo for DailyMail.com)+63

WASHINGTON D.C.:Crews plan on building ‘non-scalable’ fence around White House complex. Pictured a work crews, working around a stack of fencing at 17th Street and E street. Christopher Oquendo for DailyMail.com)WASHINGTON D.C.:Crews plan on building 'non-scalable' fence around White House complex. Pictured a work crews, working around a stack of fencing at 17th Street and E street+63

WASHINGTON D.C.:Crews plan on building ‘non-scalable’ fence around White House complex. Pictured a work crews, working around a stack of fencing at 17th Street and E streetWASHINGTON D.C.:Crews plan on building 'non-scalable' fence around White House complex. Pictured a l"Restricited Area-Do Not Enter" sign on the large black metal fence along the North Side of the White House on H street

WASHINGTON D.C.:Crews plan on building ‘non-scalable’ fence around White House complex. Pictured a l”Restricited Area-Do Not Enter” sign on the large black metal fence along the North Side of the White House on H streetWASHINGTON DC: Stores and offices in Washington DC are also boarding up their windows ahead of potential unrest later in the week

WASHINGTON DC: Stores and offices in Washington DC are also boarding up their windows ahead of potential unrest later in the weekManhattan’s Fifth Avenue boards up before potential election unrest

WASHINGTON D.C.: A workers works on a stack of fencing near a security checkpoint on the South side of the White House, the day before the U.S. presidential election, in Washington

WASHINGTON D.C.: A workers works on a stack of fencing near a security checkpoint on the South side of the White House, the day before the U.S. presidential election, in WashingtonWASHINGTON D.C.: Starbucks in Washington DC was also being boarded up on Monday ahead of the potential unrest+63

WASHINGTON D.C.: Starbucks in Washington DC was also being boarded up on Monday ahead of the potential unrest WASHINGTON D.C.: Workers board up the windows of the Hugo Boss store at City Center DC in Washington on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020+63

WASHINGTON D.C.: Workers board up the windows of the Hugo Boss store at City Center DC in Washington on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020WASHINGTON D.C.: Workers move a stack of fencing near a security checkpoint on the South side of the White House+63

WASHINGTON D.C.: Workers move a stack of fencing near a security checkpoint on the South side of the White House

Mayor Muriel Bowser said: ‘Some people would like to cause mayhem and trouble. We are preparing to ensure the city´s safety.’ 

In Kenosha, Wisconsin, there are fears of similar riots to those seen earlier this year. During those riots, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenage vigilante, shot and killed two BLM protesters. 

He is now facing murder charges but his arrest has become a flashpoint in national divide. Many believe he is a patriot who was defending the town from looters. 

“I´m always going to be concerned about violence, but at this point it´s all speculation,’ Andy Berg, a member of the Kenosha County board of supervisors said.  

Sheriff David Beth has said people like Rittenhouse inflame the situation.

‘They came in and their intention was to intimidate, to scare and create confrontation. And they did exactly that,” Beth said in an October interview with the Wisconsin radio station WTMJ.

‘And we had a 17-year-old who shouldn´t have been carrying an assault rifle through the streets of Kenosha … I couldn’t have asked for a worse ending to that Tuesday night,’ he said. 

There are similar scenes in Ohio, Boston and in Beverly Hills, a famously wealthy area of Los Angeles that is home to a parade of designer stores.  LOS ANGELES: Workers board up a store on Rodeo Drive in preparation for Election Day, during the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease+63

LOS ANGELES: Workers board up a store on Rodeo Drive in preparation for Election Day, during the global outbreak of the coronavirus diseaseBEVERLY HILLS : The Ralph Lauren store on Rodeo Drive was among luxury boutiques that have boarded  up their windows+63

BEVERLY HILLS : The Ralph Lauren store on Rodeo Drive was among luxury boutiques that have boarded  up their windowsBEVERLY HILLS: Jimmy Choo in Beverly Hills is among the other stores that have put plywood across their windows+63

BEVERLY HILLS: Jimmy Choo in Beverly Hills is among the other stores that have put plywood across their windows OHIO: In Columbus, Ohio, workers place plywood across the windows of the Chamber of Commerce on Monday+63

OHIO: In Columbus, Ohio, workers place plywood across the windows of the Chamber of Commerce on Monday Construction crews board up the Richard Mille store on Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 02 November 2020. Many retailers are boarding up their storefronts in preparation for possible looting following any unrest due to the outcome of the elections on 03 November.+63

Construction crew boards up the Zara store, while a security guard watches from the doorway, on Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts+63

BOSTON: Construction crews board up the Richard Mille store on Newbury Street in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 02 November 2020. Many retailers are boarding up their storefronts in preparation for possible looting following any unrest due to the outcome of the elections on 03 NovemberBOSTON: Workers in Boston, Massachusetts, boarding up sores on Monday afternoon+63

BOSTON: Workers in Boston, Massachusetts, boarding up sores on Monday afternoon LOS ANGELES: A Subway restaurant stands with boarded up windows and doors, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in downtown Los Angeles+63

LOS ANGELES: A Subway restaurant stands with boarded up windows and doors, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, in downtown Los AngelesLOS ANGELES: Outdoor diners sit at tables outside the boarded up front window of a Denny's restaurant+63

LOS ANGELES: Outdoor diners sit at tables outside the boarded up front window of a Denny’s restaurantSAN FRANCISCO: Workers board up the exterior of an office building in San Francisco, California, on Monday+63

SAN FRANCISCO: Workers board up the exterior of an office building in San Francisco, California, on MondaySAN FRANCISCO: People board up a store in Chinatown ahead of anticipated unrest+63

SAN FRANCISCO: People board up a store in Chinatown ahead of anticipated unrest