Nevada City officals deciding to hold off on closing Broad Street to weekend traffic during the remainder of the COVID-19 crisis. In an effort to faciliate restaurants and shops that were providing curbside service under the State Phase Two reopening guidelines, the Nevada City Police Department made a proposal that caught most business owners and residents by surprise. Chief Chad Ellis presented the agenda item Wednesday saying the idea is to close Broad Street to vehicle traffic from Friday morning at 6:00 AM until Monday morning at 6:00 AM to help businessess facilitate social distancing.
However, with Nevada County now being able to accelerate more businesses to open and for dine-in restaurants to begin seating customers again, Ellis suggested rethinking the plan.
One challenge Ellis is having is reaching businiess owners because many are not on site yet. He says he is getting mixed responses.
Council members are hesitant to take action until there is more clarity.
Council decided to table the item, along with a proposal to waive parking meter fees, until next meeting. They also gave the city manager and police chief the ability to facilitate outdoor seating for restaurants on case-by-case scenarios.