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Street Closure Program That Benefits Ann Arbor Businesses Could End Early

Jul 17, 2020

The City of Ann Arbor is considering ending its downtown business street closure program early over COVID-19 safety concerns.  

The city says too many people are walking around downtown without wearing masks.  The weekend street closures started on June 12th and are scheduled through August 23rd.  The purpose is to allow businesses to expand outdoors during the pandemic, but Mayor Christopher Taylor says it’s becoming a health concern.     

Mayor Christopher Taylor: We’re not looking to ticket people; we’re looking for people to comply with public health guidelines.  And so, we will have city personnel downtown making sure that people understand their obligations.

Mayor Taylor says the city will continue to monitor the situation to decide if the street closures will continue.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu