Philadelphia, PA - After further consulting with the City about planned street closures for Saturday, July 11, the Office of Transportation Infrastructure and Sustainability asked that Northern Liberties Business Improvement District postpone the street closure.
All parties had concerns over weather and felt that additional time would be needed to coordinate on logistical issues so any concerns over public health and safety could be more squarely addressed. The City will continue to work with Northern Liberties Business Improvement District to ensure the rescheduled closure is a success.
"Closing a street is a complex process with many considerations," said NLBID Executive Director Kris Kennedy. "The unique geography of N. 2nd St presents a great opportunity for social distancing and safe enjoyment of outdoor dining, but also logistical challenges. We feel confident that, working with the City's multi-agency team and other business districts, we can strike the right balance for expanded outdoor seating that meets the requirements of public health officials and the evolving needs of businesses. We have notified and been working with the restaurants - and we will continue to work with them hand-in-hand to best meet their needs during this difficult year. A new date and event logistics have not been selected but we will advise as soon as those details are 100% confirmed with all participants and coordinating agencies."