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"Operation Doylestown" Makes It Easier for Borough Businesses to Reopen During Yellow #COVID19 Phase & Beyond

"Operation Doylestown" Makes It Easier for Borough Businesses to Reopen During Yellow #COVID19 Phase & Beyond | Newtown News of Interest |

Downtown Doylestown has taken a big hit from COVID-19. Some small businesses are fighting for their survival and others are navigating how to gradually reopen in the iconic borough, home to many popular shops, bars and restaurants.


As Bucks County moves into the “yellow” phase of Gov. Wolf’s three-phase plan to begin the state’s pandemic recovery, Doylestown officials are launching a focused initiative of their own.

Called “Operation Doylestown,” the program is designed to encourage businesses to extend their storefronts into common areas in town and hold “open marketplaces,” pop-up shopping areas and other activities.


The borough is willing to relax restrictions on parking, use of alley ways and parking lots, said Davis. “We’re stripping down the approval process to help businesses the best way we can. We’re working with them one-on-one.”


Describing the effort as “finding a balance between pedestrians, cars, commercial space, safety, businesses and parking,” Davis said, “we’re reinventing” downtown.


The various accommodations and changes will “last for the term of the emergency, through the yellow phase and possibly into the green,” the manager said.

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Meanwhile, the Newtown Township Finance Committee suggests ideas for a "Newtown Township Business Reopening Initiative." More on that here...



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