Interim Guidelines for Use of Public Highways for Outdoor Eating, Retail, and Public Gathering Spaces
Friday, May 22, 2020
The Agency of Commerce and Community Development worked with the Vermont Agency of Transportation on a toolkit to help restaurants and municipalities evaluate whether to make streets, rights of way and other public infrastructure available for outdoor dining. This document provides guidance on how a portion of a state or town public highway can be used on a temporary basis for outdoor eating, retail activities, and social gatherings to help achieve the physical distancing recommendations intended to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. For this guidance, these areas are referred to collectively as “temporary public gathering spaces”. It describes the options available, issues that need to be considered, the municipal and state approval processes, and provides links to resources with additional information. It provides an orientation on the topic and is not a design guide or standard.