Austin looks to improve curbside food access, installs new "Food Pick-Up Priority" zones

(City of Austin)

The City of Austin is trying to assist restaurants and customers ordering food amid the recent health order to close restaurant dining rooms.

On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a public health disasterwhich enacts a ban on dine-in eating and gathering in groups of more than 10 as the state ramps up efforts to battle the coronavirus. 

In an attempt to improve community access to curb-side food pickups, the Austin Transportation Department is installing temporary customer pickup zones for local restaurants currently transitioning into take-out and delivery-only services. 

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These new zones have been marked with white and blue signs that say "Food Pick-UP Priority."  So far crews have established approximately 50 curbside customer pickup zones to make it easier for customers to quickly check in with businesses and receive their food.

"These pick-up zones will help our community practice social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19 while still supporting our local businesses & maintaining access to food," the city wrote. 

Areas with a high concentration of restaurants in locations that do not have enough loading options and where off-street parking is unavailable have been chosen to be the first to receive the temporary customer pickup zones. 


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"Austin Transportation plans to install more temporary customer pick-up zones in the coming days based on needs evaluations and field observations," the city said in a press release. 

The city plans to install more of these zones in the coming days' based on-road evaluations. Restaurants can request an evaluation by filling out the online contact form.


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