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Downtown San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles businesses board up windows

Posted at 5:33 PM, Jun 03, 2020

Some business owners across the Central Coast are beginning to board up their windows after protests.

Businesses in the heart of Downtown San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles started taking the extra measure as early as Tuesday.

"Actually, it was a really hard decision for us to do that," said Jeanette Lopez, Remax Parkside Real Estate Office Manager. "I thought man, we live in Paso Robles."

Located on 12th Street, the company boarded up just before 5 Tuesday evening, sending staff home early.

"Just seeing what happened in San Luis the night before we just thought, you know what, better safe than sorry. Lots of glass, a lot of computers, a lot of documents here. It's a real estate office," Lopez said.

The office took the boards down Wednesday morning following Tuesday's peaceful protest.

"I thought one broken glass, $1,000. A couple boards, 250 bucks," Lopez explained.

Down the street, Siegel's Jewelry also put up wooden protection.

"We were advised to board up and close until everything subsides," said Ken Siegel, President of Siegel's Jewelry.

The shop, like many others, opened weeks ago after being closed for months due to COVID-19 to only close again.

"It's a major revenue loss," Siegel said.

The business says it hopes to reopen Friday morning.

"I think it's going to be major right now that the local support is going to be the biggest influence on keeping small businesses going," Siegel added.

As for when the other shops will take down their boards, that's to be determined.