Following the success of its first street closures on West State Street during two weekends in June, Doylestown Borough officials are introducing the same initiative on North Main Street.
On July 24 and 25, North Main will close to vehicles between Court and Main streets from 5 to 11 p.m., the borough said.
The “pedestrian zones” are designed to attract residents and visitors to the downtown business district where they can shop and dine along the street without concern for traffic. Tables, seating and displays can extend onto the sidewalks and parking sections, while allowing space for social distancing.
“Businesses and customers cooperated seamlessly to ensure a safe atmosphere was maintained,” during the initial closures, the borough said.
Temporary detours will be in place, and free parking will be available at the county parking garage at Broad and Union streets. There will be a small fee at the new garage at Broad and Court streets, said officials. Social distancing is expected, and face masks are encouraged when not seated.
As the borough partners with local business owners to both ensure safety and help support the local economy, the fight against the pandemic is a priority, said borough manager John Davis.
“Social distancing remains a critical part of our fight against the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to be monitored as the pedestrian zones move forward. It is also recognized that our small businesses need our support more than ever. Together we are working to create a safe environment and opportunities to support our neighbors,” said Davis, in an announcement.
Additional pedestrian zones are being considered, he said.
Following the success of this “pedestrian zone” on West State Street in Doylestown, the borough announced plans for a second “pedestrian zone” on North Main Street.