Beverly Hills to close iconic Rodeo Drive on Election Day for security

Beverly Hills’ most famous street, Rodeo Drive, will be closed to the public on Election Day and the day after, the city’s police chief said.

Police Chief Dominick Rivetti said his department will be on “full alert” starting on Halloween and through election week in case of potential protests.

“As Election Day approaches and with the potential of increased demonstration and protest activity across the region, the city is taking a proactive approach to ensure a safe community for residents, businesses and visitors,” Rivetti said in a video posted to Twitter on Monday.

Rivetti added that even though some businesses might choose to close, his officers will be protecting the residential and business districts.

The city, which is home to luxury retail stores such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chanel, has encouraged businesses to board up their windows.

In June, many businesses in Beverly Hills were looted after hundreds of protestors took to the streets in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

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