EVERETT, Wash. – The City of Everett’s new Streatery program offers a streamlined, no-cost option for businesses to temporarily expand outdoor seating into city-owned parking stalls. Businesses can apply for the program starting Aug. 4, which includes free temporary fencing through the end of October.
The program was developed by the City’s economic development and traffic engineering teams in partnership with the Downtown Everett Association in response to Governor Inslee’s latest Safe Start plan rollbacks, which added restrictions for bars and restaurants.
“Business owners are feeling extreme pressure to keep customers and staff safe while trying to make ends meet. With the latest rollbacks, I fear some businesses may feel like giving up,” said Dan Eernissee, Everett’s economic development director. “Mayor Franklin is leading us through COVID-19 by keeping it simple: respond fast, provide real support for businesses and keep our community safe. Everett Streatery will do all three; it’s a free, simple program that will keep us safe and businesses can implement it immediately.”
The permit is free and the process is streamlined for quick response. Upon completing the one-page online application, businesses can expect to quickly hear back from City of Everett staff who will help facilitate and coordinate the delivery of the free temporary fencing. The turnaround time from application to fencing delivery is expected to be one week or less.
Though bars and restaurants may utilize this program the most, any business in Everett can apply if they have access to public parking in front of their business.
Everett businesses can learn more about the program and apply at everettwa.gov/streatery.