Temporary loading zones to help restaurants

To help them better serve their customers, Seattle restaurants offering curbside deliveries can now request areas near their businesses be designated temporary loading zones.

Mayor Jenny Durkan announced Wednesday that the Department of Transportation is converting on-street parking spaces near restaurants to temporary loading zones to allow for curbside pickup.

According to a press release, the move allows city residents to practice social distancing when they leave the house while also supporting restaurants.

Our small businesses, particularly restaurants, are bearing the brunt of our efforts to combat this pandemic,” Durkan said in a press release. “Our expanded Small Business Stabilization Fund will invest in our most vulnerable small businesses, and we are looking at every method possible to break down barriers for our community during this unprecedented moment in history.”

According to the press release, the Department of Transportation assigned the first temporary loading zones to locations with “high concentrations of restaurants on blocks that do not otherwise have enough loading options.”

Restaurants can also request a loading zone near their establishment by calling (206) 684-ROAD.