Hendersonville closes vehicle traffic downtown to allow shoppers space to distance

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Hendersonville, N.C. (WSPA)- Downtown Hendersonville is inviting visitors to come shop at a safe distance this weekend amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Main street from 6th Avenue to Allen Street will be closed off beginning Friday at 5 p.m. through Sunday evening to allow for better social distancing for tourists and day trippers. The open streets will also allow restaurants to expand outdoor dining.

Many businesses have struggled through the pandemic and hope an increase of tourists and day visitors will boast traffic into their stores.

Businesses like Arabella breakfast and brunch will be open all weekend and owner Mike Santacrose said he is excited to serve customers their affordable menu with a Latin flair.

WAG, a unique pet boutique on Main Street, run by Caroline Gunter will be serving humans and pets, while practicing social distancing.

Yoga and Massage (YAM) in Hendersonville will be having classes at 10 AM and 5 PM at the courthouse to encourage people to take a class and dine out.

The mayor hopes people will come support local businesses and still be able to maintain a safe distance of 6-feet apart.

Businesses can alsp opt to pledge to promote they are using best practices when it comes to social distancing.

  • Safe Hendo Pledge: Opt in pledge for businesses to promote they are using best practices. Businesses can be found at www.lovehendo.com/safehendo
  • Downtown information: www.downtownhendersonville.org
  • Parking – City lots are within a block from Main Street and are easily accessible. Handicap parking will be available on the 100 Block of Main Street at the Historic Court House

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