NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Strong Ave. in Northampton is reopen after being closed for an outdoor dining area throughout the summer.
Vehicle traffic can now access Strong Ave. after being closed since May. Barricades will remain in place on the sides of the streets to continue outdoor dining.
22News spoke with Drew Starkweather, the owner of Progression Brewery, who said the road closure helped his business in more ways than one, “Summer on Strong Ave. was fantastic. It was great for business, it was great for the community and a lot of business connections were made. We hope the town sees it as a plus and we get to do it again.”
Outdoor dining was temporarily added or expanded in Massachusetts in an effort to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Restaurants are required to submit plans to the City of Northampton of the intended use of an outdoor area.
Restaurants on Strong Ave in Northampton
As of September 3, there are a total 43 current active cases of COVID-19 in Northampton.
From August 19 to September 1:
- 62 new confirmed cases
- 0.92% positivity rate
- 6,223 tests performed