The Flagstaff City Council met Tuesday evening to continue the conversation regarding the city’s gradual reopening. The city remains in phase two of the re-entry plan. The council held a discussion regarding partial lane closures downtown to encourage social distancing by expanding the narrow walking space while promoting local business. Areas that attract more traffic downtown will be dedicated to expanded business, with select one-way roads reduced to one lane, allowing for pedestrians to fill the other. Heritage Square will be dedicated to expanded outdoor seating for surrounding eateries, while some alleys will be transformed into more approachable options for passers-by by incorporating more art and lighting. These changes are aimed to be implemented by mid-July. Effective July 1, an enhanced food certification system will go into place, meaning food handlers can get further training regarding CDC regulations and public health suggestions. This is projected to ensure further safety in restaurants, instill confidence in customers and boost small businesses. The enhanced certification is not mandatory, but highly recommended.
Written by Scout Ehrler