CRANFORD - A portion of Alden Street (from N. Union Avenue to mid-block) and the lower section of Lot 7 (area behind rear entrance of Breadsmith to Martin Jewelers) will be closed to vehicular traffic and open to pedestrians on Thursdays from 3 p.m. through 9 p.m. on Sundays.
The intent behind the closures is to create more areas for outdoor dining, shopping, and classes. Dining areas on Alden Street will be on the sidewalk and the street parking spaces, leaving the center of the road open for pedestrians. During the mornings when the areas aren't used by restaurants, other businesses are permitted to use the space for classes and activities such as workouts, yoga, and art.
The pedestrian plazas are slated to remain through mid-July, giving the Township Committee and the DMC amply time to evaluate if the plazas should continue, discontinue, or be moved to a new location. Additional plazas may also be developed depending on the success.
Here’s What You Need to Know About Outdoor Dining
- Patrons are prohibited from indoor sections except to walk through entering or exiting or use the restroom.
- Customers to wear face coverings only when inside the building (unless there is a medical reason for not doing so or if the patron is under 2 years).
- Employees to wear face coverings and gloves when in contact with customers, handing food, utensils, and other items.
- Prohibit smoking in areas where people are drinking and eating.
- Recommend customers wait in their cars or away from the establishment while waiting for a table if outdoor wait areas do not allow for proper social
- Encourage reservations to help control customer volume and require customers provide a phone number if making a reservation in case of the need for contact tracing.