Last weekend, the Montclair Business Improvement District and the township closed down Church Street and South Park Street for the first time since the pandemic hit allowing restaurants to expand dining space and creating a pedestrian-friendly space.
Montclair businesses affected by the COVID pandemic can apply for up to $10,000 to pay the rent under a new state program.
New Jersey has allowed outdoor dining, but many Montclair restaurants and especially bars continue to struggle with the reduced capacity.
The Montclair Center BID will be closing Church Street on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 from 5-10 p.m. and South Park Street from Friday, July 17 at 5 p.m. through Sunday, July 19 at 3 p.m.
A plea from residents and business owners alike to close streets to enhance dining and pedestrian experiences during the COVID crisis has been answered by the Montclair Center BID, which will front the costs.
Barbers, salons, tattoo and nail parlors all got back to business in Montclair, and customers are happy to see it even with new COVID-19 restrictions.
With indoor dining and recreational facilities set to reopen on July 2, state officials have released additional guidance.