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City launches ‘Shop the Block’ to give business a boost

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 by Tai Moses

As everyone well knows, dining, drinking and shopping establishments have suffered serious financial setbacks during the Covid-19 pandemic. To support these businesses and help tempt customers back into the fold, the city has launched Shop the Block, a pilot program aimed at encouraging businesses to expand their operations in a safe and inviting manner. According to the city, “retail stores, restaurants and bars can expand their outdoor operational areas to sidewalk cafes, into their private or shared parking lots, and onto city right of way, including on-street parking spaces.” Eligible businesses may apply for Shop the Block permits through the Special Events Office, and the process has been accelerated to a 10-day turnaround time. The pilot runs from June 15-Dec. 15.

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