We have some exciting news. The street closure that many of you have asked for is finally going to happen in Downtown Campbell. The closure will start on Tuesday, July 28th and last for at least two weeks. After two weeks, the move will be re-evaluated and adjusted as needed.
Once the closure commences, any business with a storefront on E. Campbell Ave. will be allowed to expand up to halfway out into the street. There will be more room for restaurants to setup outdoor tables and retailers can move merchandise into outside tables as well.
The road closure only affects traffic traveling east/west on E. Campbell Ave. All of the cross streets will remain open to through traffic and parking spaces on the cross streets will be reserved for curbside pick-up and short term parking for those coming downtown to grab takeout orders. Most of the parking lots in Downtown Campbell will remain accessible.
All businesses must continue to comply with all state and county mandated Covid-19 safety practices. Tables cannot be any closer than 10 feet to allow people sitting at each table to remain at least six feet away from their closest neighbors. Alcoholic drinks can only be sold with meals and must be consumed on location.
Masks are required at all times except when eating or drinking. This includes when you're waiting in line, placing an order, or spending a few minutes enjoying the evening after dinner.
We want to do this, but only if it can be done without sacrificing public safety or the safety of our own crews. If you enjoy having more outdoor dining and shopping, it's up to you to help us keep this going. If people act like this is a festival and see it as an excuse to not wear a mask and ignore social distancing, expect this experiment to be pulled back once the two-week trial has passed.
Opening the street for business use and pedestrian traffic should help reduce congestion on the sidewalks, but it may get crowded at times so face masks are required.