Manhattan businesses board up with the anticipation of civil unrest


Things are getting weird fast out there with constant news and the CDC and our “betters” who brief the press every day giving us what seems like conflicting advice. I am about to stop the daily updates and turn my attention to the things that are likely to spin of from this thing. We see violent felons being released so they don’t get sick, and people who have not done anything wrong get ankle monitors and forced to stay inside or be fined or arrested.


NEW YORK – A growing scene for those who venture out into the streets of Manhattan these days is boarded up storefronts.  From luxury retailers to small bars, establishments that have no idea when they are going to be allowed to reopen are putting up protection over their glass doors and windows.

The businesses have taken the unsightly measure in an effort to defend against the potential for civil unrest caused by the coronavirus and a lack of officers on the streets.

Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered bars and restaurants closed except for takeout service in mid-March.  Most stores were also ordered to shut down.

Now, from Lower Manhattan to the Upper East Side, outlets are boarded up.  At least a few have offered makeshift messages of hope.

As the number of NYPD officers are added to the sick list or test positive to coronavirus, there are questions on the ability to effectively fight crime.

On Thursday, 6,498 uniformed members of the NYPD were on the sick report which accounts for 18% of the Department’s uniformed workforce.  1,354 uniformed members and 169 civilian members have tested positive for the coronavirus.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the Empire State will do “whatever we have to do” in response to a growing number of city police officers who have called out sick.

I think we can all guess what that means. And it’s not good news for the disarmed masses in NYC.



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