WESTFIELD, NJ — Quimby Street will be closed to vehicular traffic and open to pedestrians on weekends beginning June 19 – 21, Downtown Westfield Corporation announced on Tuesday.
The decision to close Quimby Street on weekends starting the Friday evening after next and lasting through July 4 follows a DWC survey that found over 81% of approximately 2,000 respondents would be more likely to visit the downtown if it has pedestrian-only open streets, Bob Zuckerman, executive director of Downtown Westfield, said in statement.
“If this experiment is successful, then the open street plan will likely be extended throughout the summer,” Zuckerman said.
As was the case last year, the DWC has planned outdoor yoga, exercise classes, live music and other activities for the weekends, he said. As was not the case last year, the public is being asked to practice social distancing while enjoying these activities.
“Please take advantage of this trial period to put more social in your social distancing,” said Zuckerman, who announced the plan for Downtown Westfield on the same day Gov. Phil Murphy lifted New Jersey's stay-at-home order. “Remember to wear a mask when not eating and drinking and maintain safe 6-foot distances.”
Zuckerman reminded the public that outdoor dining will begin throughout the downtown starting Monday, June 15. This follows an executive order Gov. Phil Murphy issued that includes provisions for social distancing while dining outdoors. A separate order allows for the sale of alcohol to go.
“Due to relaxed rules by Governor Murphy, you can also purchase cocktails to go and enjoy with your alfresco meal,” Zuckerman said. “Curbside pickup and delivery will still be available from all restaurants who are currently offering it.”
Also by order of the governor, non-essential retailers, he noted, can open at 50% capacity beginning June 15.
“Stores are taking additional precautions, fastidiously cleaning, wearing masks and social distancing,” Zuckerman said.
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