Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, in his daily message to city residents, last night encouraged local eateries to submit applications so the capacity of outdoor dining options around the Mile Square City can increase.
Here’s what he had to say:
“In order to maximize outdoor capacity, businesses are encouraged to submit applications for strEATERIES, parklets, and open streets here. As a reminder to businesses, we are waiving sidewalk café fees for 2020, and those businesses that have already obtained their 2020 Sidewalk Café License do not need to re-apply for expanded sidewalk use. Fees for 2020 will be credited to 2021.”
“Additionally, once the Governor permits outdoor dining at restaurants, sidewalk cafes can expand area with or without barriers, so long as 6 feet of sidewalk width is maintained. Businesses can expand outdoor cafes to adjacent properties with the neighboring property owner’s consent. For more information on Hoboken’s Business Recovery Plan, click here.”
The Mayor also was extremely encouraged with Sunday’s latest “open streets pilot,” and says the initiative will be continuing:
“I believe this past Sunday was the most successful day of open streets we have had to date in Hoboken. I’m grateful for how much residents exercised social responsibility – most were wearing masks, social distancing appropriately, and not congregating in the street. At a time where we see reports from across the country of people behaving irresponsibly with large groups and congregating, I’m proud that our residents are using our open spaces in a way that does not jeopardize the safety of others. Thanks to this, we will be working with our transportation team and police department to continue the program for this upcoming weekend and beyond.”
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