The Oneonta Common Council passed three measures to help Main Street restaurants.
The meeting was held on Zoom Tuesday night because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Common Council unanimously approved the closing of Main Street between Elm and Chestnut Streets on eight consecutive Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., to allow Main Street restaurants to allow for additional outdoor dining, beginning July 18.
"Closing Main Street Saturday, the 18th and weeks to come and expanding the safe air friendly footprint of restaurants and retailers might save their businesses, and our downtown," Council Member Mark Drnek, who represents the 8th ward, said. "One really good day of sales a week could be a game changer."
The council also approved the submission of a COVID-19 State of Emergency Municipality Application to the State Liquor Authority to temporarily extend licensed premises.
Also approved was the transfer of $11,500 in grant money to a fund for the Saturday program.
According Drnek, the money would be used for promotional materials, for staffing and signage for a safety station.
The safety stations will be set up Thursday and Friday at Damaschke Field from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mayor Gary Herzig says they will be giving out hand sanitizer, thermometers, and personal protective equipment for free. The mayor says the only requirement is the business has to be affirmed through New York State Forward.