Food truck changes and shared streets latest City measures to protect public safety
In addition to renewing the State of Local Emergency for seven days, the City of Edmonton is introducing new measures to ensure safe physical distancing continues for Edmontonians when they are outdoors.
“As the weather warms, we know Edmontonians want to get outside. They also want to do everything they can to support local businesses through this pandemic, and these measures will allow them to continue to do both safely,” said Interim City Manager Adam Laughlin.
Food Truck Permits
The City will continue to issue vending permits to food truck operators, with added requirements in place to ensure public health and safety is maintained. Those requirements include:
- No seating or consumption areas
- No self-serve condiments
- Appropriate physical distancing measures for lineups and ordering
- Maintaining distance between food trucks to avoid congestion
- Disinfecting measures in line with AHS recommendations
Food truck locations will be limited to on-street parking zones and City parkland parking lots. Permits will only be issued to operators that qualify as an essential food service under provincial requirements. Permits will not be issued for carts or food vendors that would typically operate on sidewalks.
The City is introducing shared streets in high density neighbourhoods on select residential roads with no transit service. Shared streets will be open to those who are walking, cycling or driving. To maintain safety, these shared streets will be open to local vehicle traffic only and the speed limit will be 20 km/hour. The locations are:
Effective May 6:
- 103 Avenue (111 Street to 125 Street)
- 125 Street (Jasper Avenue to 103 Avenue)
- Jasper Avenue (124 Street to 125 Street)
Effective May 8:
- 115 Street (103 Avenue to alley south of 100 Avenue)
- 114 Street (103 Avenue to 103a Avenue)
In addition, traffic lane closures will be implemented at select new locations across the city to ensure Edmontonians who are outdoors can maintain appropriate physical distancing:
- Jasper Avenue (121 Street to 124 Street)
- 102 Avenue (103 Street to 108 Street)
“These adjustments will help us create safer spaces for outdoor activities as the COVID-19 pandemic changes aspects of how we live, move and exercise,” Laughlin said. “No matter what we’re doing when we leave our homes, we all have a responsibility to maintain physical distance and help limit the spread of COVID-19.”