Street closures will go through Labor Day.
With Colorado restaurants being restricted to seating 50 people or 50 percent capacity, all seated at the proper social distance, it has limited customers and, in turn, revenue the businesses are pulling in. When you add that to the revenue lost during the shutdown, many towns are doing what they can to boost business.
To help accommodate businesses and restaurants as they deal with COVID-19 related requirements, Arvada and Littleton have chosen to shut down their main streets to create more open space. From this past weekend through Labor Day, downtown areas will be pedestrian-only to help businesses recover and survive the summer.
By diverting traffic, restaurants and businesses are able to use sidewalks and streets to spread out and serve more customers.
Check out the map below of the street closures in Olde Town Arvada:
Littleton won't be closing its Main Street every day, but it is blocking it off every weekend from 5 p.m. on Fridays to 9 p.m. on Sundays.
"Weekends on Main is a City of Littleton event, closing Main Street on weekends in the summer to allow the extension of a restaurant/bar's table service into the street, utilizing the outdoor space to accomplish social-distancing objectives," said littletongov.org. "Main Street will be closed to allow al fresco style dining as 14 restaurants expand their space into the street under the beautiful lights. Free parking is available on the side streets, at the Littleton Center, in the Reinke Brothers parking lot courtesy of the Littleton Business Chamber; and at Arapahoe Community College where free pedicab rides provided by the City of Littleton, will carry diners to and from Main Street."
While this is a temporary solution to allow expanded dining services, many on social media have expressed a wish that this would become a permanent policy. It gives these charming downtowns a block party feel, even if everyone is six feet apart.
What do you think? Have you been to Olde Town Arvada or Littleton and dined on the streets? Let us know about your experience in the comments below.