City announces free Stay Healthy permits that allow people to temporarily block off streets

City announces free Stay Healthy permits that allow people to temporarily block off streets

After the success of its Stay Healthy Streets program, Seattle is expanding it to include free Stay Healthy Block permits.

The permit allows organizations and non-profits to temporarily block off non-arterial streets for events that following social distancing guidelines. A Stay Healthy block can include more than one block, but it cannot include intersections. It can also not include bus routes.

“We can’t let up in our fight against this virus, but through programs like curbside dining, Stay Healthy Streets and now Stay Healthy Blocks, we can stay connected to our community,” said Mayor Jenny Durkan.

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Applicants have to notify neighbors, close the street with barricades and SDOT signs and monitor for safety. They also have to abide by public health guidelines.

“With the implementation of programs such as Stay Healthy Streets and the new Stay Healthy Blocks, SDOT is reclaiming streets for people by adding more space for friends and families to walk, bike, or roll while maintaining social distancing,” said Yes Segura, Smash the Box founder and New Mobility Transportation Planner.

Applications for permits will be accepted immediately.