The social media rumor mill has it on food authority that the mayor of Washington, D.C., Muriel Bowser, has ordered all restaurants and hotels to close, forcing thousands attending the January 6th protests without food or shelter.
While Bowser did call in the National Guard for traffic and safety concerns, the mayor did not close the city down ahead of protests on Wednesday. Doing so would be unconstitutional and detrimental to D.C. businesses.
Bowser said Monday in a press conference she “will not allow people to incite violence, intimidate our residents or cause destruction in our city.” She warned residents to stay away from Trump supporters “looking for a fight.”
Curiously, Bowser didn’t call in the Guard for the Republican National Convention, with scores of protestors outside who eventually turned violent. She never once asked for assistance for any BLM or Antifa crowds, so this move is questionable at best.
Plenty of hotel rooms are still available online in Washington, D.C. this week, ranging from $90 up to $300 per night, and restaurants are open for business. Existing rumors that the mayor shut down all tourism and hospitality this week in D.C. may have been aimed to slow conservatives from traveling and protesting.