For the Public Safety of Those Dining, Walk on the Street

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By Anna Marie Gott

The intent the owner had when they posted the sign had the desired effect. It pushed pedestrians into the street to protect those dining on the sidewalk. - It also blocked ADA access for those who needed it or forced them to pass un-masked diners sitting less than 2ft away.
 
The 6ft rule for social distancing is necessary to protect the public from becoming infected with or transmitting the coronavirus. The general public accepts this "rule" and follows it. So when the public encounters situations where there is not enough room to socially distance the desire to protect ones own health and the health and safety of others will push those pedestrians into the street - regardless if the street is closed or open to traffic.

Pedestrians who use sidewalks will be forced into situations they shouldn't be in. They will be exposed to a deadly virus. They will be looked upon as a danger to customers dining on the sidewalk - because they are walking too close to them. They will be bullied, shamed and harassed for simply using the sidewalk as it was designed to be used. - This is exactly what is happening here. A 4ft pathway on a sidewalk is simply not enough to socially distance.

It is not acceptable, but is is now permitted in the City of Santa Barbara by a 7 - 0 vote yesterday by the City Council. The Council and Public Health Department of the County should both be ashamed of themselves for permitting restaurants and other businesses to effectively block public sidewalks - rather than providing the required 6ft for social distancing for the public's health and safety.

This new ordinance and it's effect on the public is contrary public health, safety, and welfare, and needs to be rethought. If you feel the same way there are a few things you can do to put pressure on the City Council, the County Public Health Department and businesses to change this ordinance and this new City policy.

You can:

1) Demand that sidewalks in all areas of the City have the minimum pathway of 6ft for pedestrians to socially distance on the public sidewalk, and ask the City to close businesses if they continue to block public sidewalks. (Businesses are now permitted to use the public street or a parking lot for dining.) Simply send an email to: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

2) Patronize restaurants and other businesses that do not block sidewalks and follow the required 6ft rules for tables and seating, or

3) Tell the owners/managers of a restaurant or business that dissuades the public from using the sidewalk, or does not provide the required 6ft social distancing that protects you and the people next to you, why you are taking your business elsewhere. 


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Gtownie Jun 01, 2020 07:02 PM
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Anna your hypothesis is irrational and not based on facts. Do your research before publishing next time please. You must be within 6 feet of another person for more than 15 minutes to be threatened.

PitMix Jun 02, 2020 11:18 AM
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Cite your source. Common sense tells you that being within 6 feet of an asymptomatic person for any length of time who is singing or speaking is going to put you at risk. Check out what happened to the Skagit Choir group in March.

a-1594457350 Jun 02, 2020 08:01 AM
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Google web md scientist Coronavirus airborne. You can read an article about a scientist who thinks the virus is airborne, which means its spread is comparable to that of the smell of a cigarette or barbecue. How far is that? Ten feet? Twenty?

PitMix Jun 01, 2020 10:22 AM
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Or you can just walk in the street? I bet businesses will install plywood ramps for people needing ADA access to their businesses if they are blocking the main sidewalk access. Seems like an easily solvable problem.

a-1594457350 May 31, 2020 03:27 PM
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Your Google search on AMG resulted in finding a mailing address. She hasn't lived there in years. She lives in Santa Barbara. - Start using your critical analysis skills, unless you want to continue to illustrate that you are of below average intelligence on the Bell Curve.

angryjoe May 31, 2020 09:06 AM
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The sidewalk needs to be clear; tables in the street. Shops next to a roped off sidewalk are screwed as sheeple will have to go around into the street and then bypass said shop. Bike lane in the middle? Unless it’s two way it’s useless and an accident waiting to happen. Let’s be thankful, at least SOMETHING was done instead of being talkedthis about forever. Give it a chance for businesses and city to tweak it. Do it, but do it right. And oh yeah, if the bums are still welcomed and encouraged, all of this is for naught!

chachamuddy May 31, 2020 08:09 AM
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There doesn't seem to be ANYTHING that this women doesn't find fault with. God, please, for the sake of us all- GET HER A LIFE. We are sick of hearing her "opinions" which she delude us with on ALL SUBJECTS.

a-1594457350 May 31, 2020 03:47 PM
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If the public isn't aware of an issue can it disagree with it? We do not have a lot of real public discourse about the nitty gritty details and the body hearing an item often do not know what ordinances apply or don't and rely on Staff Members whose job it is to get a project through not ensure that before it is approved that the i's and t's are dotted. If you did your homework on something she's brought up I could almost guarantee the details she brings up are often never known, considered or discussed by Staff Members or the body before. (Most hearing bodys don't even get access to documents on a project to show that is does not does not meet City Ordinances or Policies. To say they most often fly blind when making decisions would be an understatement.) I believe your supposition that no one else disagrees is not based on fact and just shows that you don't know even half the story or why she thinks speaking out is important.

mp805 May 31, 2020 08:57 AM
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Ms. Gott has the courage to speak up for the voiceless in this city... I applaud her courage to speak out, go against the grain and hold the city of Santa Barbara accountable. There are many issues I had no idea till she brought them to the forefront, Keep doing what your doing Ms. Gott and ignore the haters

a-1594457350 May 31, 2020 08:38 AM
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I feel bad for Ms. Gott. She has a clearly unhealthy fixation on these issues. I have seen her at countless committee and council meetings being the only person to get up and object to matters that literally no one else disagrees with. I believe she is well intentioned. But for her own sake, she should seek help.

Ahchooo May 30, 2020 02:35 PM
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It would be nice to have a buffer zone around the tables. It doesn’t matter how wide the path is if walkers are able to walk at the edge of the path, right next to the tables. I have faith that the businesses will work out a good system if given some leeway. Or maybe our new downtown consultant could analyze which restaurants have set it up well and and spread the word to others. We do need to accommodate disabled people; if we make the street the sole passageway, maybe we could add temporary mid-block curb ramps.

Sam The Dog May 30, 2020 02:33 PM
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The hysteria surrounding the virus is out of control. Current data simply doesn't support this level of panic and fear if you'r not in the high risk category. A neighbor in my complex complained that the gardeners shouldn't be blowing the leaves during the pandemic because they might spread the virus around and it will get under their door or in through their windows. Come on people, common sense and critical thinking! Don't just take every doom and gloom worst case prediction you see on the news as reality because none of those models or scenarios came to pass even in countries that didn't lock down or states that opened up early. Do you think the virus knows the difference between 4' and 6' outside in the wind?

bigone May 31, 2020 12:59 PM
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SBCARNUT, include yourself in the logic and common sense category. I am sorry that most of your posts have been deleted in the past by "Administrator" because I though you made many salient and valid points. When I see people going up and down my streets, often driving a Prius, with windows rolled up tightly and wearing masks inside a car equipped with HEPA cabin air filters, I definitely see people who have "lost it." And when I see solitary people walking around outside in mostly empty parks, I know that only confirms these suspicions. To think that the author spent so much time writing this, whining and being concerned about absolutely nothing, is mind-boggling.

Sam The Dog May 31, 2020 10:40 AM
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@ 11:51 PM, Google "a lot of stuff" and you'll fine a number of articles about scientist who believe a lot of stuff. Let's use some common sense here and apply it to our situation in SB. What is very reasonable and safe here may not be safe In NY. Experts are only putting out blanket guidance for the entire US that is supposed to apply to pedestrians walking down a sunny Santa Barbara street and a commuter traveling the subway in New York. Blanket guidance does not work, blanket closures and lock downs do not work. Common sense and basic practices such as washing your hands often, minding how you sneeze/cough, not touching our face and staying home when sick are proven and expert/scientist/doctor recommended ways to easily prevent the spread of Covid-19 and all other pathogens.

a-1594457350 May 30, 2020 11:51 PM
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Would that it were only four feet that is the problem. Google “web md airborne Coronavirus” and you will find an article about a scientist who believes the virus spreads by being airborne. “Airborne” means as far away as you can smell a barbecue or cigarette smoke. Ten feet? 20 feet? Good luck to us all.

SBCARNUT53 May 30, 2020 05:51 PM
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Hysteria puts it mildly, I see fear in so many. My wife had surgery at Cedar Sinai last week, in Los Angeles there's nothing, NOTHING going on there...………… people aren't crowding the hospitals in anyway, shape or form. I'm sure there are folk here that will be outraged that I traveled to Los Angeles & back, will I suddenly be labeled a carrier? will the force of my footsteps create such a breeze that the virus will creep into your being? Will you worry as to where I am? Sam The Dog is the only one I see here using logic & common sense. The media has created an incredible monster here, but they are now moving on to new tragic headlines. I really wish people would get a grip, most are seriously losing it.

SBAjon May 30, 2020 01:49 PM
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Reading this made me create an account so I could comment. The street is a great place for everyone to walk or roll. There are ramps on each city block corner and in the middle of the block. The VAST majority of business are accessible right now (if not all). What makes sense is to close the sidewalks for restaurants and move all other foot/wheel traffic to the street. That way there is no commingling of food and beverage being served, people consuming these items, and everyone else. I am all in favor of the ADA, and the US is the best country in the world for this. BUT, perfection is the enemy of the good in this case. I'm not surprised some EdHat'ers are looking for things to complain about, and there are a couple of people in this community who make a living from filing frivolous ADA lawsuits. I hope the city sticks with this and doesn't cave in to a handful of malcontents. It is awesome to see State Street alive again, and this is what the city needs as a permanent solution to the downtown decline. There are many ways that this quick fix can and will be improved. Everyone should just relax and give it time. (There are many more important things to get worked up about if you are looking for a cause. How about Black Lives Matter?)

PitMix Jun 01, 2020 10:25 AM
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6:01, we are trying to help the businesses that are suffering with the lack of business. How are you helping? Guess you don't own a business, or like anyone that does, or care about our society in general.

a-1594457350 May 31, 2020 06:01 PM
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Let’s also charge the restaurants market rent for using public sidewalks. Just to be fair you know. Since I can’t walk in the sidewalk I paid for. Or drive on the street I paid for. Oh wait isn’t that stealing. Taking something that doesn’t belong to you. Which block is the moral compass store on?

a-1594457350 May 30, 2020 07:20 PM
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Gott is complaining about ABLE-BODIED people being "pushed [pedestrians] into the street." My jaw literally dropped at her complaint. "It pushed pedestrians into the street to protect those dining on the sidewalk." This is the response of a muckraker to an effort to support business?! Is there nothing Gott will not complain about? If I were disabled, I'd call ahead. Sure, it's an ADA issue. It's also a global issue! The nation, and the world, is trying to figure out how to adapt! How is this helpful?! Efforts to clear the sidewalk would make me feel better about going out. There's nothing healthy about crowded sidewalks. It sure doesn't make me want to eat downtown. Take a breath and a good long thought, Ms. Gott. And yes, national concerns about the treatment of minorities is a hugely larger concern!

a-1594457350 May 30, 2020 03:28 PM
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It's crazy that you are being downvoted for completely rational statements. Yeah, let's all get up in arms about ADA implications for a temporary situation during a pandemic. Priorities, people.

a-1594457350 May 30, 2020 02:37 PM
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The street has a larger footprint. That means more revenue for busineses that use it rather than the sidewalk. They can also expand beyond the width of their storefront. Using the sidewalk the way you suggest is short sighted.

love my bubble May 30, 2020 01:12 PM
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Lucy 777 I agree. I also envisioned the street being utilized more for the restaurant seating. I also imagined a walk and bike path down the center. Institution Ale seemed to have done it up well, maybe a little too crowded for my taste, but the utilization of the street created more of the feeling I was hoping for. I think there can be a happy medium with keeping the sidewalk open for accessing the different businesses and expanding into the street. I'd like to see "Wear your Mask for others' sake" reminder signs everywhere! Looking forward to State Street revitalizing and changing with the times to support local people and businesses.

a-1594457350 May 30, 2020 11:43 PM
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The County rule is you must wear a mask when waiting in line to get in a business and/or when inside the business. It says nothing about wearing a mask while walking down the street.

a-1594457350 May 30, 2020 05:19 PM
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Masks are required. They are not ticketing people. Because of that and the fact that tourists are bringing and taking the virus home with them when they leave we will head to lock down faster. Our numbers are increasing.

RHS May 30, 2020 01:08 PM
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Is there nothing that people won't cavail about? These are hard times. Compromises need to be reached and people need to be sharing burdens and benefits. Why so much hostility to any attempted solution? I have long been bothered by the city allowing business on sidewalks but in these times it seems perfectly reasonable. Let's try to just get along.

sbmh2015 May 30, 2020 12:41 PM
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Rushed, half assed effort again. Again. Again. Same crap different day from this city. Yes, get businesses going. But come-on. We didn't do all this stay at home business to have it blown up in a few weeks. Hope all is ok and cases stay down. I will absolutely not be going downtown. Opposite of what city wanted

A Real Local May 30, 2020 12:24 PM
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Street curbs are 6 to 8 inches in height. There is no access to most businesses from the street. Anyone in a wheelchair or who can't walk up a step without a railing or hop through bushes can't get to a business. This is why ADA requirements can't be met and why dining needs to be in the street. I really fail to see how the 4ft pathway meets the County of Public Health Departments opening guidedance in the RISE Guidelines either. If we are supposed to be socially distancing by 6 ft then 4 ft is not enough. Besides this, has anyone been downtown? In many areas there isn't even 4 ft and virtually no one is wearing a mask.

jak May 31, 2020 08:32 AM
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Real Local, I like your thinking but do bear in mind that in some locations your suggestion will solve one problem and create another. The last time I visited my old home town and walked lower state street from end to end was over a year ago. The place looked economically distressed. Worse than my little agricultural town in central Mississippi. With coronavirus lockdowns I weep for the business owners downtown. The sidewalk “expansions” will allow a number of otherwise unviable restaurants and retailers to stay open while minimizing disease transmission. On the other hand, state street isn’t designed for this and the only way that this will work over the short term is if everyone remains observant, considerate, flexible, and tolerant. Turning State St. into a big long open air mall like Santa Monica did years ago or perhaps even something more radical and innovative may be best over the long haul but for now everyone all over the world is pretty much going to have to make do the best they can with what they got. That in turn means a lot of compromises. The places that exhibit the most kindness and flexibility will fare the best.

a-1594457350 May 30, 2020 12:17 PM
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It is ludicrous and haphazard- I walked State st on Sunday and I will not return- what madness- parts of sidewalk completely roped off, no ada access- walking in street along with racing bicycles and scooters..... note: City of Santa Monica Third St Promenade- often touted as the "poster child" of closing of the street- does not allow bicycles, scooters to be ridden on the promenade. The public health implications of people dining on a filthy street or sidewalk, during a pandemic, crowded together, is something that could not have been envisioned. I expect similar conflicts to pop up throughout the county

a-1594457350 May 30, 2020 12:41 PM
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If it's closed to vehicles, it should be closed to bicycles too. City Council needs to do something before they get sued, downhill speeding bicycle vs. pedestrian is not going to end well.

a-1594457350 May 30, 2020 12:28 PM
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And hardly anyone is wearing mask which is a ticking time bomb. Plus walking right through the middle of a restaurant where people are dying on either side of you is claustrophobic.

Ahchooo May 30, 2020 11:08 AM
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There are sidewalks all over that normally do not have six feet of clear space. This set-up is imperfect, but it is temporary, and is a good effort to address a big problem. I say keep the four feet clear on the sidewalk, and keep safe walking space in the street, and let’s all just try to make do for now. Some of us won’t be venturing out regardless whether the sidewalk is six feet wide or four. It’s all a risk. Don’t imagine that a six-foot wide sidewalk is going to make much difference in this situation.

a-1594457350 May 30, 2020 01:35 PM
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This isn't temporary unless you buy into the coronavirus disappearing or that a vaccine is imminent. We don't know when or how protective any vaccine will be. We also don't know how difficult it will be to produce and then vaccinate everyone or how quickly the virus will mutate into something else... Commercial rents will need to adjust downward and we should be prepared to dine in the street and leave sidewalks alone.

Lucky 777 May 30, 2020 10:50 AM
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Easier to rope off part of the street for the restaurants' use and have the waitrons walk out there..... leaving the sidewalk free. That's what I visualized happening, not crowding a few tables onto the sidewalk verge.

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