Restart Montco - Municipal Strategies

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How Are Municipalities Thinking “Outside the Box” to Support Restaurants and Other Businesses?

As businesses throughout Montgomery County try to figure out how to restart during the COVID-19 pandemic and take advantage of the opportunities of the yellow and green phases, municipal leaders are being challenged to think “outside the box” to make it easier to restart the economy.


Web App

  • Leon County Supports Local Businesses During COVID-19 Pandemic
    This web app from Leon County in Tallahassee, Florida is a good example of a municipal tool that can help businesses. It consists of an interactive map that provides information about which restaurants are open for takeout, delivery, or drive-through and gives contact information and links to directions.
  • Support Puget Sound - Small Business (Restaurants)
    This web app from Seattle and the Puget Sound area is an interactive map providing information about which restaurants are open for curbside pickup, delivery, or takeout and also provides restaurant websites.



  • Upper Merion Township has a Special Events Permit for temporary outdoor dining facilities. 
  • Upper Moreland Township has a resolution for temporary outdoor sales of food and merchandise. 
  • Ambler Borough closed local streets to accommodate outdoor dining for local restaurants. The borough manager and police chief have the authority to conduct “spot closures” of local streets to facilitate this.
  • Whitemarsh Township expanded the areas where temporary tents are allowed to permit local businesses to conduct dining or sell merchandise in parts of parking lots.

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