Downtown Vancouver retailers board up storefronts (PHOTOS)

Jun 5 2020, 5:50 pm

COVID-19 disclaimer: As recommended by BC’s provincial health officer, if you choose to attend public demonstrations, please adhere to COVID-19 health safety measures, including proper physical distancing and wearing a mask.

Some retailers across Downtown Vancouver are boarding up their storefronts ahead of Friday’s anti-racism protests.

The demonstration follows last Sunday’s massive event at the Vancouver Art Gallery, demanding justice for George Floyd. Friday’s protest is being held at Canada Place and will begin at 4 pm PST in front of the Olympic Cauldron.

While last Sunday’s protest in Vancouver remained peaceful, similar events around the world turned violent after escalating tensions between police and protesters.

Photos have since surfaced on social media, showing the exteriors of retail stores being covered in plywood as a precaution over any possible riots and looting.


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Nordstrom’s Pacific Centre location was one of the first major retailers to announce a temporary closure.

“To help keep our employees and customers safe, we are adjusting hours and temporarily closing stores in some locations,” the company said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, some of our storefronts are being boarded.”

Jacob Callender-Prasad, one of the organizers of Friday’s protest, has also addressed concerns over riots and looting, stressing that the event “needs to stay peaceful.”

“We do not want anything going wrong,” Callender-Prasad emphasized. “We don’t want any riots, we don’t want any fights, we would like to keep it peaceful.”

The organizer adds that “nobody wants to see the community we work in get destroyed” and that “if you are going to start a riot, you are not wanted.”

“If this gets violent, we diminish everything we’ve worked for.”

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