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City unveils Open Storefronts program

As part of the mayor's recovery plan, the popular Open Restaurants program (originally introduced in June) will be extended year-round and made permanent.

In addition, the Open Storefronts program has been created. In effect from October 30th to December 31st, 2020, it "allows eligible existing businesses to conduct activity on sidewalks, on roadways... or a combination of both." Eligible businesses range from retail and repair shops to personal care and dry-cleaning/laundry facilities. The sidewalk space can be used for seating, queueing, or displaying dry goods, but must be up against the wall of the building, and leave a minimum of 8' clear path on the sidewalk.

For details regarding siting criteria click here.

To apply for the Open Storefronts program click here.

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