In a statement issued today related to the ongoing nationwide protests, the City of Newport said they “are not aware of any credible threats to the City of Newport or Aquidneck Island, our public safety personnel are actively taking precautions to prepare for any potential unrest”.

Despite that statement, several business owners have begun boarding up their windows and businesses in the city. The general theme from the owners we spoke to was, “better safe than sorry”.

On Wednesday, Point Wine & Spirits, Alex & Ani, High Hope, and Holy Smokes were among the businesses that had boarded up.

What’s Up Newp is aware of another half-dozen businesses throughout the city that plan on taking the same precautions.

In full, the City said the following today;

“As the nation continues to mourn the murder of George Floyd, the City of Newport stands ready to do our part to protect and support all those who wish to exercise their Constitutional right to peacefully assemble.

While we are not aware of any credible threats to the City of Newport or Aquidneck Island, our public safety personnel are actively taking precautions to prepare for any potential unrest.

As a City, we strive every day to ensure the health and safety of our residents, business owners, and visitors alike.

At this point, there are no plans to institute a curfew or place any restrictions on commercial corridors, however we are closely monitoring developments around the state and the region and are working in close coordination with our local and statewide partners in order to ensure the safety of our community and prevent any destruction of property.” @ Newport, Rhode Island

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Ryan Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp, LLC. Belmore has led What's Up Newp since December 2012. Belmore also serves as the Sr. Editor - North America for Mountain News - publisher of OnTheSnow. In his spare time, Belmore serves as the Vice President for the Board of Directors at Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors at Lucy's Hearth. Belmore is also a member and supporter of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.