As of July 31st, the main drag in Downtown Campbell between Ainsley Park and Third Street has been closed down to east/west traffic to allow all permitted businesses on East Campbell Avenue to expand their operations out into the street. Businesses located on East Campbell Avenue can expand outdoor business operations with an approved Encroachment Permit from the City of Campbell. Access to the public parking lot at Ainsley Park is open for curbside pick-up and public parking. More information is available on the City of Campbell's website.
If you like this no traffic setup you can help ensure its successful implementation by doing the following:
- Support our retail businesses. Many of them take a hit when the street is closed.
- Enjoy our outdoor dining options responsibly. Come with just your household members and keep your social distance with everyone else.
- Wear a mask at all times except when you're eating or drinking.
Safety is going to be a large portion of whether this is judged to be successful. With the street closed to through traffic, there'll be more elbow room to allow you to get some fresh air in Downtown Campbell while keeping your social distance, but it's still going to be up to you to do the safe thing so the street closure can continue.
We're doing much better with masks these days, but there's still a lot of people who only wear their masks when they are absolutely required to. Please just wear it when you're anywhere on the main drag. It just makes life easier for everyone. It's just too easy to bump into people when there are people milling about Downtown Campbell and nobody wants to come down here so they can play dodge ball and be on constant alert for people who are walking around without a mask and not keeping their distance.
When you keep your mask on, everyone else can let their guards down a little and just enjoy their time out enjoying a few comforts. There are also a lot of people who are avoiding Downtown Campbell entirely because there are too many people without masks. We need people to feel safe in our downtown so our businesses can survive.