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Eye Street Closure Planned for Restaurant Use

The City of Bakersfield, in further efforts to help local businesses continue to operate during the pandemic and resulting State-imposed closures, will temporarily close part of Eye Street in Downtown Bakersfield to allow area restaurants with approved COVID-19 Special Event Permits to use the street for expanded outdoor customer seating.

The temporary, around-the-clock closure of Eye Street between 19th Street and the alley just south of 20th Street, will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, September 28. (see map attached below)

Nearby restaurants with approved SEP will be allowed to use the closed street for outdoor dining.

Starting Friday, September 25, "No Parking" signs will be placed in the area to make drivers aware of the planned closure.

Plastic water-filled k-railings will be used to close the roadway to vehicle traffic. A "Not a Through Street" sign will be placed at the intersection of Eye and 20th Streets for southbound traffic.

The closure has been designed to allow emergency access if needed and for trash pickup and will remain in effect indefinitely until state guidance regarding the pandemic response allows for a return to indoor dining.

In addition to creating and offering the new COVID-19 SEP to help local businesses during the pandemic, the City has also allocated millions of dollars of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, including creating the B-CARES program offering up to $20,000 in grants for small businesses. The City will continue to look for creative opportunities to assist the local business community.

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