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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Additional Safe Eating Space in Downtown

Additional Outdoor Eating Space

City of Whitewater Creates Additional Safe Eating Space in Downtown

Whitewater, Wis. June 30, 2020- The City of Whitewater has created additional space or temporary park for patrons of downtown restaurants to enjoy their meals safely.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic affecting many local businesses and restaurants, the city wants to assist in making a safe environment for additional seating. While many restaurants are continuing their focus on carry out and delivery orders to keep business alive, some have opened their doors and are slowly allowing patrons to enjoy a sit-down meal. Many are working at a much lower capacity than usual. Not being able to have a full restaurant is still very troublesome for many owners.

The city will barricade the section of 1st Street between Main and Center. This space will be treated like a local park, following park hours of 6 a.m. to 12 a.m. and all park rules will be enforced. Visit https://www.whitewater-wi.gov/438/Parks-Recreation to see all park rules and regulations. The temporary park will be open through Saturday, October 31, 2020 or until weather permits. 

This temporary park location will have picnic tables for visitors to sit and enjoy a meal from a local downtown restaurant. Patrons can carry out their meal from the establishment. The picnic tables will be spaced out and visitors will be expected and encouraged to continue practicing social distancing and keep six feet apart from others in this space.

All visitors are expected to clean up after themselves, throw away garbage and recycling and be sure no food is left behind. Much like other parks, alcohol will not be permitted.

The City of Whitewater welcomes all local citizens and visitors to enjoy this safe space in order to once again enjoy the wonderful local establishments in the community. Citizens are also welcome to create chalk images and statements on the sidewalk to beautify the space. This must only be done in chalk as spray paint is considered vandalism.

For more information or questions, contact Chris Munz-Pritchard, Neighborhood Services Director at 262-473-0143 or CMunz-Pritchard@whitewater-wi.gov.

The City of Whitewater provides efficient and high-quality services which support living, learning, playing and working in an exceptional community. Visit www.whitewater-wi.gov for community information and updates.

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