The Washington Informer reports that Safeway closed all 12 of its Washington, DC, locations yesterday at 4 pm, with plans to reopen them at 7 am this morning.
The move came as an insurrectionist mob stormed Capitol Hill, forcing the US Senate and House of Representatives to flee their chambers and suspend debate surrounding the counting of Electoral College votes certifying the election of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States.
The mob was removed from the halls of Congress during the evening, and both the House and Senate returned to their chambers and completed the vote certification in the early morning hours.
The Safeway closures came as DC Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a citywide curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday.
- KC's View:
I have to imagine that Safeway and every other retailer in the DC market have to be thinking about what they're going to do in two weeks, when the Biden inauguration is scheduled to take place.
I'd like to think that all will peaceful, and that somehow law enforcement will have arrested and charged everybody who stormed Capitol Hill yesterday. But that's unlikely, and so the horrors that we saw yesterday in DC are likely to be repeated in a few weeks … those people were domestic terrorists, this was an insurrection, an attack on democracy, and these things are not put down easily.