EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) — The mayor of Easthampton has signed an executive order authorizing something that has become popular during the pandemic — converting public parking spaces into outdoor dining areas.
Easthampton Mayor Nicole LaChapelle told us she hopes this order will help downtown businesses, adding excitement to the streets of the city.
In 2020, the Silver Spoon was about the only restaurant to expand its dining room on Main Street under this order when it petitioned the city for additional outdoor space to allow for social distancing.
The city hopes others will take advantage of it this year.
“We are really happy to offer this option to restaurants in the area,” Mayor LaChapelle told us. “We want to give them all the tools to really bounce back from COVID. It’s a long way, and I think companies are looking at what they might change or want to do, given that people are a little more on their feet when it comes to staff, and that could really add something to their business.
Restaurants wishing to participate must complete an application and submit a logistics plan that will be reviewed by the city.
Mayor LaChapelle told Western Mass News that there are still things the city needs to consider, such as safety and parking needs, but she said the city is working to add even more free public car parks to balance what they might lose, which will be announced. so people know where they can park.
If restaurants decided to take advantage of this option, they would be allowed to keep it in place until November 30.
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