The Davis Downtown Business Association announced Thursday the details of the Open Air Davis program, closing downtown Davis streets on summer weekends to allow businesses to use the space for social-distancing purposes.
The DDBA and the city of Davis have co-sponsored the program, which will have a soft launch on Friday, June 26, through Sunday, June 28. Every Friday morning through Sunday night the closures will be in effect. The program is planned to continue for at least 10 weekends through the end of August.
The goals of the program are:
* To allow DDBA members within Downtown Business Improvement District to conduct business downtown in a larger area utilizing public space, giving them the ability to expand their extremely limited capacity during COVID-19 pandemic
* To invite the community to dine, shop, and receive services downtown while enjoying the atmosphere in “open air” space, thus providing greater opportunity to maintain safe social distancing in an outdoor/fresh air environment
* To encourage more public interaction with downtown businesses this summer in a responsible way to help the local economy and business survival
Initial street closure to vehicular traffic will occur on G Street between Second and Third streets (north of parking lot entrance through south end of the intersection at Third Street) on Friday.
Several restaurants on G Street will be expanding their capacity, allowing for outdoor dining in the street Friday through Sunday night. During the second weekend of the program, (July 3-5), the DDBA anticipates additional participants, including retail and specialty services).
Planned expansion of the program includes the closure of vehicular traffic on Second Street between E and F streets, beginning on the weekend of July 10-12.
The city of Davis is not requiring a Temporary Use Permit for businesses to utilize and occupy a street area closed to vehicular traffic on the weekends during Open Air Davis, but is requiring a TUP for use of space on any other days of the week or in any other location.
Businesses can apply for a TUP with the city free of charge to utilize public space in front of their business or other desired areas on an ongoing basis for the duration of the program.
Each participating business is solely responsible for their operations and customer areas, and will be required to abide by all Yolo County mandates and restrictions related to COVID-19, and health code, including face coverings, table-and-chair spacing, sanitation and restroom accessibility, and trash disposal.
Participating business personnel will clear tables, remove debris, and clean promptly after each seating and ensure customers maintain social distancing protocols.ShareTweet