Ann Arbor closes streets to help businesses as they reopen from COVID closures

Posted at 11:17 PM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-13 10:51:40-04

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) — The city of Ann Arbor is helping businesses get going again. Some streets are being closed to allow for outside dining and shopping.

Business owners say they’re excited to open outside dining and expand to allow more people to shop or eat. Customers say it’s great to see businesses reopen.

Starting June 12 various streets in downtown Ann Arbor will close to expand patio service and shopping.

“I mean it’s great. Thank you Ann Arbor for allowing us to do this,” says Soledad Beck.

Restaurants can take full advantage and expand outdoor dining and better serve their customers.

Diners say it’s great to see the city helping these businesses out and feel this should be the new norm for Ann Arbor.

“We love to support downtown Ann Arbor and all the businesses on the street here these are some of our favorite restaurants, it’s great to come back again,” says Rob Beck. “This is a good normal. This is better than the old normal.”

Businesses understand it’s going to take a while for more people to come out of their homes and get back to a new normal, but this initiative is a great start.“

Good opportunity. I mean we were doing the take-outs we did good, but dining is. I was not expecting this today so we are slammed,” says Shalimar Cuisine of India owner Samir Patel.

The road closures will happen every weekend until August 23.