May 8, 2020
Section of Palafox Street Converting to Pedestrian Traffic Only Sunday, May 10
A section of Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola will be converted to pedestrian traffic only on Sunday, May 10 to promote safe outdoor retail and restaurant activities for businesses and individuals visiting downtown for the Mother's Day holiday.
Palafox Street from Garden Street to Main Street will be open to pedestrians only from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, May 10.
"We know the Pensacola community is eager to support local businesses and restaurants as we begin to enter into an economic recovery period from COVID-19," Mayor Grover Robinson said. "Our goal is to provide an opportunity for the public to show their support in a safe way. We are very excited we will be able to open Palafox for our citizens to celebrate Mother’s Day. We are grateful for all that the mothers of Pensacola have done to make our community great."
Limiting the street to pedestrian traffic only will provide additional space for downtown visitors to more easily practice social distancing while supporting local businesses.
Businesses and individuals must adhere to the following rules and guidelines:
- Only businesses with an existing License to Use from the City of Pensacola may use the space in front of their business for outdoor seating or retail expansion. Businesses that do not have an LTU are not allowed to put furniture or other items in the street or sidewalk in front of their business.
- Businesses must remain in compliance with any applicable Americans with Disabilities Act laws. All areas must remain ADA accessible.
- All open container laws and city ordinances must be followed. Alcohol may not be taken from one establishment to another or consumed in the street or sidewalk, except at establishments with state liquor licenses that include their outdoor seating areas.
- Do not gather in groups larger than 10 people.
- Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others whenever possible.
Residents are encouraged to come support local restaurants and businesses as they enter economic recovery, but everyone should continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Individuals who are sick or who are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home.
"I am looking forward to working with the business community to evaluate the success of this venture, and hopefully offering similar opportunities in the future if it's beneficial to local businesses and our citizens," Mayor Robinson said. "We are all facing new challenges as we work toward economic recovery from COVID-19, and I believe we as a city can be at the forefront of finding innovative ways to overcome those challenges together."