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White supremacists and other hate groups visiting Washington, D.C., this weekend for the second “Unite The Right” rally will be barred from eating at some restaurants in the city, while other eateries plan to close altogether.

Several local business owners told The Washingtonian that concerns for their staffs’ safety prompted the decisions to refuse service or shut down for the weekend.

The article goes on to state the following:

“Our mentality is we’re going to protect each other. This is our city. Our house. Our people,” Founding Farmers owner Dan Simons told the website. Simons owns three restaurants in the city that will all refuse service to anyone wearing white supremacist or neo-Nazi apparel this weekend.

“There are times when a guest can be rude to an employee and you swap out the server. We’ve told our team: this isn’t what that is. You don’t have to be in a room with someone who’s advocating for your death and enslavement,” he added.

The Washingtonian further reported:

The DC Human Rights Act prevents businesses from discriminating against people for their political affiliation (as well as gender, race, religion, etc). “But fringe ideological groups are not political affiliations, as that term’s defined in the [DC] Code,” says Veritas Law attorney Scott Rome, who also spoke on the topic at a pre-inaugural safety training seminar hosted by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington earlier this week. That means restaurants can’t turn away customers for being Republicans, or Trump supporters, but they’d be within their rights to deny service to, say, a group of white nationalists.

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