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Entry to Downtown Mall to Become Stricter for Aug. 11-12 Weekend

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Businesses in downtown Charlottesville are readying for tight security measures that are set to start on Friday, August 10.

Officials are blocking off the majority of the downtown, with only two access points for pedestrian entry.

Typically, the boutiques on 2nd Street are bustling with people on Saturdays and Sundays. But this weekend, many are closing their doors as the street has now been named one of two access points to the Downtown Mall for the weekend ahead.

Roxie Daisy is one of those boutiques closing its doors for the weekend.

“We would prefer that we could be open and doing business as normal,” Sarah Miller, a sales associate at Roxie Daisy, said.

However, the store is concerned about staying open in case history repeats itself.

“It is a bummer to have to close for this because we know Charlottesville is such a great place, and this is not really Charlottesville,” Miller said. “And to have to close for this is kind of a shame, honestly."

The city of Charlottesville is blocking off a majority of the streets to the Downtown Mall. In fact, the only way that you can enter the mall is through two designated checkpoints. Once you’re on the mall, there will be other points through which you can exit.

Roxie Daisy, which is located on Water Street and 1st Street Southeast, is located right next to one of those checkpoints. The other access point is a block over on 1st street.

“We decided Friday and Saturday we would keep open,” Chris Dunbar, the co-owner of the Alley Light, said.

Alley Light, which is located on 2nd Street Northwest, is just one block away from a checkpoint.

The owner says his reservation numbers for the weekend haven't dropped.

“Almost the guests sort of decided for us, so if they're comfortable coming in we'll definitely be there for them,” Dunbar said.

Overall, most of the businesses and people of Charlottesville say there’s just one thing they want.

“We're just trying to stay positive and hoping that everything will go well,” Miller said.

These two entry points will have a heavy police presence and will go into effect at 6 p.m. Friday.