One idea is spacing.
Business advocate Susan Seereiter says the city does have sidewalk cafe permits that are available and free of charge.
Right now, they’re encouraging businesses to work with their neighbors to extend sidewalk cafes to create a larger space for outside or inside dining.
“This is an opportunity for businesses and people to think in ways that they never thought before and come up with ideas that are keeping in mind social distancing and yet are creating an experience,” said Seereiter.
Another idea being explored is closing down some city streets to increase space.
However, Seereiter says it isn’t something they would do in the phase one process since the city doesn’t want to encourage large gatherings.
Amanda Rose is a multimedia journalist for NBC5 News. Amanda graduated from Columbia University earning a Master’s degree in Journalism. She also received a Bachelor’s degree in English with a specialization in literature from the University of British Columbia.
She’s a Los Angeles native, but is thrilled to return to the beautiful Pacific Northwest and is passionate about reporting on the criminal justice system.