Just last week I authored a story about barriers entitled “Removable Crash Rated Bollards Installed Chicago Day School”. We installed the security bollards to prevent vehicular access to the athletic field at the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School.
Here’s a recent story where the use of security barriers is refreshing in this day and age. In the past I have shared the lighter side of crash rated bollards with you and I wanted to share this ‘good news’ with you as well.
I was impressed by the efforts in Louisville, KY to help restaurants expand their businesses and try to survive this COVID-19 pandemic. The Courier Journal reported: “Louisville Metro says restaurants can expand to on-street dining to help survive pandemic”.
In May, restaurants were able to offer inside dining at 25% capacity under COVID-19 guidelines. This is expanding to 50% capacity next week. Outdoor dining was available at 100% capacity provided tables were spaced six feet apart.
Now a limited number of restaurants in certain areas can expand and use on-street parking spaces for additional seating through October if the pilot program is successful. This comes with certain requirements including spaces must be immediately adjacent along streets allowing speed limits of 35 mph or less. There is a process including location restrictions, plan applications and permits, fees for ‘bagging’ of parking meters, etc.
Notably, the city is also requiring the use of temporary crash rated barriers. That’s essential planning in our judgment. If successful, perhaps this can lead to permanent expansion, even closing down of through streets, adding tents and heating as well as installation of permanent (or removable) crash rated bollards.
The article went on to say “The allowance marks the latest measure Louisville has added to try to ease restrictions for restaurants during the pandemic.”
The story that originally came across the Internet and attracted my attention was from Wlky news. It reported, “Louisville restaurants now have option to expand seating into the street“.
This tells the story that “Monnik Beer Co. in Germantown is the first restaurant to use the on-street dining.” Business had slowed for the establishment and they were forced to cut staff. The additional cost, including crash-rated barriers, however, allows them to add eight more tables thus expanded by 48 additional seats. Hopefully, this allows them (and other restaurants) to remain in business.
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