EUGENE, Ore. -- Broadway closed in Eugene on Wednesday to allow for streateries to expand downtown.
Allowing businesses to expand into the right of way supports the businesses while allowing for greater physical distancing in keeping with current guidelines, city officials said.
Broadway is closed between Willamette and Olive streets but will be accessible by emergency vehicles.
Brandon Woodruff, owner of the Manifest brewery, said the businesses on that street have been trying to get this sort of outdoor seating and street closure since October -- even before the pandemic.
"What it really does is get more people in a family environment. And also it ensures more safety distancing during these times," Woodruff said.
The streatery is part of the city’s response to coronavirus, but they said if this is successful it will be in place until at least October 31.
Many of the businesses have already put tables out on the street.
The city has also provided each business with 480 masks for customers as part of a personal protective equipment initiative.
The road will remain blocked off for vehicles, but foot traffic and bicycles are allowed through.