If I had been told in February what was coming, I
would never have believed it! It’s been a long road,
yet here we are…on the brink of Phase 2! Starting
tomorrow, retail stores, outdoor dining for restaurants
and offices can reopen!
New York State has placed a lot of reopening constraints
on our businesses. Primary among them is a limit to their customer capacity and, for restaurants in Phase 2, a requirement for outdoor dining only. Please understand that the rules come from NYS. The owners must comply and it will take them time to get up to speed. Things may operate differently than they used to for a while longer.
Likewise, the Village government cannot make things go any faster, all we can do is provide opportunities for our businesses to use to their best advantage.
So, what are we doing to support Al fresco Larchmont? I have issued an emergency order which allows us to be creative with the use of public space.
All users of public space need to comply with the Governor’s orders regarding social distancing and need to apply for an expedited permit from the Village. There is no charge to the business for this use.
The layout of our Village’s two commercial districts is challenging, but that’s what we have to work with. Some roads or sections of road are easier to alter than others. In listening to our business owners, we have found that a one size fits all approach does not work for Larchmont. We will be making changes as we go along, keeping and possibly expanding what works and altering or removing what doesn’t work.
Please expect the first iteration to take a few days to complete – there are a lot of moving parts. Below are some diagrams of the major alterations being made now. Other changes will be on a case-by-case basis, as we receive requests from merchants and restaurant owners.
In closing, please keep the following messages in mind:
See you Al fresco Larchmont,
Mayor Lorraine Walsh
Al Fresco Larchmont