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Downtown SLC streets to close weekly for 'urban fun'

Open Streets events to take place Thursday-Friday through Oct. 10
Posted at 10:52 AM, Sep 15, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY — The streets of downtown Salt Lake City will come alive this week, and for the next few weeks, as a new event will expand patio service for restaurants and bring entertainment to the area.

Open Streets is not a block party, but a chance for residents to enjoy the downtown area in the evening without worrying about traffic. Buskers and artists will line the streets to entertain visitors.

Every Thursday-Saturday from 6-10 p.m. through Oct. 10, sections of Main Street between Exchange Place and City Creek Center will close to vehicles to allow restaurants to follow social distancing guidelines with expanded open-air eating.

This week, Main Street between 300 - 400 South will be closed to traffic.

“Downtown Salt Lake City is the heart and soul of Utah and has been dealt tremendous challenges this year through the pandemic, the earthquake, a windstorm and more,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall. “I'm excited to have 'Open Streets' coming to Main Street and I hope residents from around the state will join us downtown as we safely begin to reactivate our vibrant and culturally diverse downtown core."

All restaurants and shops will still require face masks when customers enter establishments.