Part of Center Street in Southington will be closed to make way for outdoor dining areas

Published on Thursday, 21 May 2020 16:33
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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SOUTHINGTON -- A portion of Center Street will be closed for a month to help several businesses with outdoor dining during the state’s partial reopening.

Police announced the closure Thursday, which will stretch from 129 to 148 Center St.

“It’s a very small strip,” said police Lt. Stephen Elliott. “It’s smaller than what we close for the Italian Festival.”

The partial closure took effect immediately, and some businesses, like the Groggy Frogg and Paul Gregory’s, already had outdoor tables and seats set up Thursday afternoon.

Vehicles will be detoured around the closure, which is expected to last a month, but Elliott said the town could always reevaluate that timeframe depending on what the state does with restrictions on indoor dining.

“I think as we reopen it’ll be reevaluated,” Elliott said, noting that the temporary closure was a collaborative effort between town officials, the health department, police and firefighters.

“A lot of towns are trying to do things to help their businesses out,” the lieutenant said.

Signage at the temporary closure not only detours traffic around the area, but the barricades have signs letting the public know that businesses are open.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Thursday, 21 May 2020 16:33. Updated: Thursday, 21 May 2020 16:35.