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June 29, 2020

City eyes street use for restaurants

SEATTLE — Two Seattle councilmembers are sponsoring legislation to make free new, temporary street use permits, which allow restaurants, retail stores, vending trucks and carts to operate in the sidewalk or curb space in front of their business.

Councilmembers Dan Strauss and Alex Pedersen are sponsoring the legislation for the Seattle Department of Transportation permits to ease reopening during Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee's COVID-19 Safe Start plan.

In a press release, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said the ability to operate outside — even at a limited capacity — provides many small businesses a much-needed lifeline.

SDOT will immediately begin accepting street use permit applications.

The city is also launching Phase 2 toolkits, at http://tinyurl.com/y9s5e9n8, to help small businesses authorized to reopen under the governor's guidance navigate public health requirements and financial considerations.

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