Helping Local Restaurants and Storefronts
The City of Petaluma is considering ways to support local retailers, businesses, and restaurants as we look forward to reopening our City in the coming weeks. When merchants can reopen, they will be required to increase physical distances between staff and patrons. For restaurants, this may mean reducing half or more of their indoor tables. One idea we are considering is providing outdoor space along street frontages to encourage outdoor dining and shopping. Expansion of the indoor retail space into the outdoor public realm could help provide more space for patrons and employees to maintain social distancing while increasing commerce to our local businesses.
As we begin to explore options such as closing all or a portion of appropriate streets, allowing outdoor seating in public areas with enough space and/or allowing small “parklets” to be installed in on-street parking areas. A parklet is a an outdoor patio or deck that is installed in one or more parking spaces where people can sit, shop and / or dine (see the photo on the right) as well as park their bicycles. While there are many details that we would need to work out, such as providing adequate parking and maintaining safety, we are excited to start a community discussion and request feedback. Your feedback to the attached survey will help us find the best ways to support local businesses in the collective recovery effort.
Talk to staff about your project
If you would like to expand your business outdoors, please contact Nancy Sands at 707-778-4484 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your plans.