A 2-week pilot program will close West State Street on Friday and Saturday evenings to allow outdoor dining and shopping to expand as a part of Operation Doylestown.

Doylestown, PA - The Borough of Doylestown is expanding options and support for small businesses as they reopen and think creatively to mitigate the impact of current health and safety guidelines as well as keeping staff and customers safe. Starting on June 26th, a portion of West State Street, fondly known by locals as Restaurant Row, will close on two recurring weekends to allow outdoor dining and shopping to have a larger footprint.

The block of W. State Street between Hamilton Street and Clinton Street is scheduled to close to vehicular traffic from 4:00 PM - Midnight on the following dates: Friday/Saturday, June 26-27 and Friday/Saturday, July 3-4. Sidewalks will be closed to pedestrians and reserved for neighboring businesses to expand dining and shopping setups. The street will be reserved for pedestrian traffic. Social distancing remains critical in our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and pedestrians will be expected to maintain a safe distance between one another.

Pending the success of the pilot program, including feedback from businesses and the public, street closures may continue and/or expand during theGreen phase of the Governor’s Reopening Plan. While many in the general public have been vocal about wanting street closures, it does pose interesting challenges to businesses, particularly those that remain dependent on curbside pickup and deliveries. The Borough is working hard to ensure reopening initiatives are as fair and safe as possible for all downtown businesses and residents.

Outdoor dining, shopping, and pop-up marketplaces will continue throughout town in tandem with the street closure pilot program. As we enter the Green phase we will be proud to welcome the service industry back to town. Doylestown is working together as a community to welcome locals and visitors back to town. We extend our thanks to everyone who has already shown immense support for local residents and businesses in need.

To learn more about Operation Doylestown, reopening initiatives, and returning to Doylestown, please see the link below.

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