Palafox Closes to Cars on Sundays Through June

Posted: May 27, 2020 06:49 pm Updated: Oct 18, 2023 12:23 am

In the wake of COVID-19, a section of Palafox Street in downtown Pensacola is being closed to vehicle traffic for "Sunday Strolls" every Sunday in May and June to promote safe outdoor retail and restaurant activities and support local businesses. 

Palafox Street from Garden Street to Main Street is closed to vehicle traffic from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. every Sunday through the end of June. 

"Closing the street to vehicular traffic provides additional space for downtown visitors to more easily practice social distancing and supports local businesses," said Mayor Grover Robinson when announcing information about "Sunday Strolls."

The City provided the following list of rules guidelines for businesses and individuals which must be adhered to:

  • Only businesses with an existing License to Use from the City of Pensacola may use the space in front of their business for outdoor seating or retail expansion. Businesses that do not have an LTU are not allowed to put furniture or other items in the sidewalk in front of their business. 
  • Businesses with existing LTUs are asked to please review their approved LTU plans and ensure they remain in compliance with the rules included in their LTUs. 
  • Businesses may not place furniture or other items in the street.
  • Businesses must remain in compliance with any applicable Americans with Disabilities Act laws. All areas must remain ADA accessible. 
  • Do not gather in groups larger than 10 people. 
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others whenever possible.

Residents are encouraged to come support local restaurants and businesses as they enter economic recovery, but everyone should continue to follow guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Individuals who are sick or who are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are encouraged to stay home.