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News: Businesses in Parks 2020

Date Published Author
7/1/2020 12:00:00 AM  Arlington Recreation 

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Businesses in Parks 2020

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has caused not only a public health crisis; it has also triggered a worldwide economic crisis. Public health requirements for social distancing have placed new burdens and challenges on the business community to provide more physical space between customers and staff.
In an effort to respond to the new social distancing requirements, the Department of Planning and Community Development is recommending temporary outdoor fitness and arts regulations that will allow local for-profit businesses and artists to operate outdoor classes and exhibitions in designated locations within the Town’s Park and Recreation land. Non-profits are encouraged to apply for space using the Town's current Field Request Form and policy. These regulations will be in effect until November 1, 2020.
Outdoor park and recreation areas designated for the explicit use of local fitness businesses, arts-related businesses, and artists can provide an amenity for residents throughout the warmer months of the year. Temporary Outdoor Fitness and Arts License (“TOFAL”) applications will be reviewed by Town staff for compliance with these guidelines and administrative approval. TOFAL licenses are intended to be compatible with regular Park and Recreation programs and field use requests. TOFAL Licenses, like regular licenses, may be terminated at any time the Park and Recreation Commission determines the purpose of temporary outdoor fitness and arts uses is no longer served by such licenses.

Please visit the links below to learn more information on the temporary order to allow business in Arlington parks during the State of Emergency: