Mayor's Message - June 12, 2020
After nearly a week with no new cases of COVID-19 in Lincoln Park, I was informed that, as of this morning, we also have NO active cases at this time either in the general populace or in the long-term care facilities. ZERO CURRENT CASES OF THE CORONA VIRUS IN LINCOLN PARK!!! This terrific news comes at the time when we are making preparations to begin to re-open some of our affected “non-essential” businesses in town. As I have cautioned many times leading up to this welcome moment, please continue to exercises caution when out in public, follow all health recommendations and continue to shelter at home if you continue to be uncomfortable or are otherwise at risk.
Regarding the opening of businesses in town that have been closed, there will be restrictions on the number of people allowed inside buildings and other safety measures put in place. All establishments will have rules posted. Please follow the rules appropriately. Our health department has gone over recommendations and requirements with the establishments prior to their reopening.
Retail establishments which were only recently allowed to begin curbside pickup will be able to have customers inside beginning Monday, June 15th.
Barber Shops, Hair Salons and Nail Salons will be allowed to open on Monday, June 22nd.
Interior seating at restaurants continues to be prohibited, but our restaurants will be allowed to open for outdoor, sidewalk, patio and parking lot dining beginning Monday, June 15th.
We had contemplated closing Main Street on weekends to allow for tables to be set up in the street for dining purposes. After speaking with the businesses and restaurants on Main Street we have decided to keep Main Street open to traffic and expand sidewalk seating instead. This was a request of most of the restaurants on Main Street who rely primarily on take-out and delivery in their normal operations.
The following are the outdoor dining options that I am aware of as we begin to be able to dine outside on Monday.
All restaurants on Main Street have been notified that they can utilize sidewalk seating. A&A, Lincoln Park Hot Bagels, Sibora’s, 3 Hermanos, Empanada Times and Dunkin Donuts will all have their regular or expanded sidewalk seating available. Parking and traffic on Main Street will continue as normal.
McKelvey Street, off of Main Street, will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday and Saturday nights (weather permitting) to allow for outdoor dining for 202 Bistro along with patio and sidewalk seating. Access to Station Road will be from the Comly Road side of Main Street only during these hours.
Noches De Columbia and the Sunset Grill are making arrangements for tents to be set up in their parking lots for outdoor dining.
At Lincoln Park Plaza (Ace Hardware) Shopping Center, designated areas will be set up in the parking lot for restaurants such as Frank’s Pizza and George’s Diner. Take out will also continue at Kenko’s and Huna China.
Shop-Rite Shopping center is making plans for either sidewalk or parking lot dining for Anthony Franco’s, 5 Brother’s Bagels and Wa Seng.
At the time I am writing this update, some of these plans are still being finalized and may change slightly as they are implemented. As areas such as parking lots, sidewalks and streets will be used in these plans, please pay extreme attention for pedestrians when travelling in these areas. Please observe all posted traffic and walking signs. Excess parking for the Main Street area is available at the Boro Hall and PAL complexes. Please feel free to use these areas.
The businesses that are opening in the coming weeks…restaurants, retail and personal care….are among the industries that were hit the hardest with restrictions and closures due to the corona virus.
I encourage you to support these valued members of our community with your patronage and help them as much as possible.
Please continue to stay safe and healthy and please remember to practice
Peace, Patience and Understanding.
Mayor David Runfeldt