Maine city looks to close Main Street in order to help businesses recover

Part of Main Street in Rockland could close to vehicle traffic in June in order to help encourage more business for local shops.The city council voted Monday night to authorize the City Manager to close Main Street from Park Street to Glover’s Passage during the month of June.Councilors said that does not mean the road will close for the entire month. The City Manager, working with a task force approved by the council Monday, will look at options, including only closing the street on weekends or certain days. The task force will include city leaders, shop owners and employees.The move would allow businesses to use the sidewalks outside their shops, all the way to the curb, to display and sell merchandise, as long as all guidelines and executive orders are followed. City leaders say this would help more shops open and attract business.Restaurants would also be allowed to set up tables outside and provide sidewalk service, as long as any areas where alcohol is served is cordoned off.The city is working with the Department of Transportation on traffic plans.Councilors also said Monday they want to work on longer-term options and solutions to help local businesses recover from the financial hardships created by the coronavirus.

Part of Main Street in Rockland could close to vehicle traffic in June in order to help encourage more business for local shops.

The city council voted Monday night to authorize the City Manager to close Main Street from Park Street to Glover’s Passage during the month of June.

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Councilors said that does not mean the road will close for the entire month. The City Manager, working with a task force approved by the council Monday, will look at options, including only closing the street on weekends or certain days. The task force will include city leaders, shop owners and employees.

The move would allow businesses to use the sidewalks outside their shops, all the way to the curb, to display and sell merchandise, as long as all guidelines and executive orders are followed. City leaders say this would help more shops open and attract business.

Restaurants would also be allowed to set up tables outside and provide sidewalk service, as long as any areas where alcohol is served is cordoned off.

The city is working with the Department of Transportation on traffic plans.

Councilors also said Monday they want to work on longer-term options and solutions to help local businesses recover from the financial hardships created by the coronavirus.