Towns and cities trying to aid businesses in reopening will have access to some $5 million in grants through the state Department of Transportation.
The grant program, in partnership with the Barr Foundation, is designed to address the Phase 2 reopening that allows restaurants to offer outside seating and other businesses to open their doors to limited access.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has created issues around safe mobility and physical distancing, said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito on Thursday at the governor's regular COVID-19 update, such as patrons being spaced apart when queuing up for retail and grocery stores.
The grants will range from $5,000 to $300,000 for municipalities to quickly launch, or expand improvements to sidewalks, curbs, streets, on-street parking spaces and off-street parking lots in support of public health, safe mobility and renewed commerce in their communities. The Barr Foundation will help with technical assistance and making out applications.