SUMMER STREETS ! Outdoor Dining and Shopping on Greenwich Avenue !!!

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Greenwich Avenue should now be closed to cars and parking to allow our RESTAURANTS to set up tables 6 feet apart in the street!

Also, outdoor SIDEWALK SHOPPING, every day!

Research says the virus is 18.7x more likely to spread indoors than outdoors - and it's highly sensitive to sunlight, temperature, and humidity [research sources linked below]. 

Cars can find another street to for driving and parking.

We must to help our small business owners (and hourly employees) get through the 2020 Summer in Greenwich... bring your mask, maintain your distance, be safe, help our people!

SIGN THE PETITION - CALL YOUR CONTACTS IN GOVERNMENT - AND PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO FRIENDS!

[and in other Towns too - Stamford, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, Fairfield, Norwalk, Port Chester, Chicago, Miami - everywhere that is safe - copy&paste to start more local petitions!]

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Very informative article in WIRED Magazine this month ( https://www.wired.com/story/cities-reopen-outdoor-dining-lifeline/ ): 

As Cities Reopen, Outdoor Dining May Provide a Lifeline -

Restaurants are anxious to expand beyond takeout, and some researchers believe open-air transmission of the coronavirus is rare

Key facts below: 

- In cities like Denver, Oakland, San Francisco, Berlin, Milan, and Vilnius (Lithuania), officials have blocked lanes and in some cases entire streets to car traffic. After public pressure, even New York is getting in on the act and beginning to open select roads to just people.  [source: Wired]
 
- Now some cities have taken the next step, throwing tables and chairs on roadways. Vilnius has become a big open-air cafe, with well-spaced places to eat in the city’s public square. In a two-week experiment in Tampa, Florida, businesses in some neighborhoods are allowed to put tables at 6-foot intervals and operate in what were once street parking spaces, even without a permit. It’s gaining support in San Francisco, which already has a program.  [source: Wired]
 
- Some researchers studying how the Covid-19 virus travels think allowing restaurants to operate outside—and critically, at appropriate distances—is OK. “It’s a great idea,” says Donald Milton, a professor of environmental health at the University of Maryland Schools of Public Health and Medicine.  [source: Wired]
 
- The epidemiological work done so far suggests most cases are associated with close, sustained contact. Research suggests that outdoor transmission is rare. A study looked into 318 outbreaks of the virus involving three or more people: None happened outdoors, and of the total 7,324 cases studied, just one appears to have been the result of an asymptomatic person conversing outdoors with another person.  [source: Wired]
 
- Wind and sun may also diminish the chance of contracting the virus outdoors, says Julian Tang, a virologist at the University of Leicester in England. “The likelihood of a successful infection occurring from an exposure outside is likely less because the sunlight may damage the virus as it passes through the air between people,” says Donald Milton, a professor of environmental health at the University of Maryland Schools of Public Health and Medicine. [source: Wired]
 
- Brookhaven (GA) has come up with what it hopes is a solution: a free, temporary permit that lets restaurants operate outside, on any land they have access to, for 90 days.  [source: Wired]

- “Public space is mostly for cars,” Becker says. “Maybe it’s time for humans to use it again.”  [source: Wired]
 
- The upshot: As long as surfaces are wiped down regularly, patrons and servers are appropriately far apart from each other, and everyone washes their hands with regularity, outdoor café virus transmission shouldn’t be easy. But oh, wouldn’t it be nice? A glass of wine outside?  [source: Wired]