Skyline of Downtown Cleveland, Ohio

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CLEVELAND – Five days and counting.

The U.S. Secret Service and Cleveland police assure the public the city is ready to host the Republican National Convention. Wednesday afternoon, they addressed safety concerns, including the potential for unrest and protesters who may come to town armed with guns.

Crews working for the Secret Service set up more barricades Wednesday evening as they create a security perimeter around venues for the RNC. People downtown have been navigating around piles of them that will be erected over the next few days, like those around Willard Park.

“It’s gonna cause complications to people coming in and out of downtown,” said one downtown worker.

“I heard about the security measures they’re putting up down here…downtown Cleveland is about to be as safe as it’s ever been,” said a Cleveland resident walking through downtown.