King Street Opened For Business In Alexandria

Residents walked down the middle of the 100 block of King Street and outdoor restaurant seating extended onto sidewalks and parking spaces as it opened for the business. The city closed the block to vehicular traffic in order to make room for more outdoor dining at restaurants that have struggled in recent months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to alextimes.com, “Now that Northern Virginia has entered phase one of reopening, restaurants are allowed to offer outdoor dining. While there were plans to convert lower King Street into a pedestrian zone as part of a pilot program this summer, the recent 100 block closure is not part of that pilot. the street closure resulted in crowds of excited diners and residents eager to leave their homes after months of being cooped up.”

As per alextimes.com, “Under the new design for the 100 block, the street is completely closed to vehicular traffic, with a 22-foot pedestrian walkway down the center of the street flanked on either side by outdoor seating for restaurants. To help restaurants make more room, the city has relaxed its outdoor dining regulations. Restaurant owners can apply to expand outdoor dining onto sidewalks, into parking spaces and in parking lots in front of or adjacent to their businesses, with some restrictions. 100 block of King Street on South Royal Street, has set up tables and chairs in a few parking spots.”

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