ALDERMEN ENACT TEMPORARY STREET NARROWING, PARKING RESTRICTIONS TO ACCOMMODATE OUTDOOR DINING IN DOWNTOWN NASHUA
Nashua’s Main Street is now tighter for motor vehicle traffic, but wide open for outdoor diners at downtown restaurants, with the passing of legislation on Thursday, May 21 by Nashua’s Board of Aldermen. Board members approved the temporary narrowing of Main Street and to eliminate some on-street parking, to accommodate for outdoor dining recently allowed per order of New Hampshire Gov. Sununu, as part of his initial efforts to reopen the state as it continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These regulations are effective immediately and will be in place until Nov. 15, 2020.
Nashua’s Department of Public Works crews placed concrete barriers Friday morning along Main Street to narrow the lanes. One lane is open in each direction on Main Street for vehicular traffic, along with turn lanes. Electronic signage is on display downtown to alert motorists of the changes.
“Nashua’s downtown is the heart of our city and the COVID-19 pandemic has really hurt our small businesses on Main Street,” said Nashua Mayor Jim Donchess. “ For the restaurants opening, expanding outdoor dining will help them get back on their feet. It’s important that their staff get back to work and for Nashuans to get back to their favorite restaurants and breweries. It’s ideal weather to sit outside and enjoy Nashua’s downtown.”
Some downtown Nashua restaurants reopened May 18, with customers seated at tables spaced 6-feet apart on the sidewalks and with servers and customers wearing facemasks.
Gov. Sununu’s Emergency Order #40 allowed restaurants to reopen only for outdoor dining, beginning Monday, May 18. To view the governor’s emergency order, visit https://www.governor.nh.gov/sites/g/files/ehbemt336/files/documents/emergency-order-40.pdf. Information for business owners on outdoor dining can be found on the city’s website, https://www.nashuanh.gov/1389/Outdoor-Dining.