Staff is converting paid on-street parking spaces into free temporary loading zones
In order to improve community access to curbside food pick-ups, the Austin Transportation Department is installing temporary customer pick-up zones in support of local restaurants that are transitioning to take-out and delivery-only service.
Austin Transportation has begun converting some paid on-street parking spaces near restaurants into free temporary loading zones to make room for more people to pick up food while practicing appropriate social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The first locations to receive temporary customer pick-up zones are in areas with high concentrations of restaurants on blocks that do not otherwise have enough loading options and where off-street parking is unavailable. Austin Transportation has created an interactive map that shows where these temporary customer pick-up zones are located.
Crews have established approximately 50 curbside customer pick-up zones that make it easier for customers to check in with businesses, receive service and move along. The zones are marked with blue and white signs that say Food Pick-Up Priority.
The effort is in coordination with City of Austin and Travis County to close bars and suspend dine-in service at restaurants for six weeks in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. To learn more about restrictions on restaurants, visit AustinTexas.gov/COVID19.
Austin Transportation plans to install more temporary customer pick-up zones in the coming days based on needs evaluations and field observations. Restaurants can request an evaluation at by filling out the online contact form on SmartMobilityATX.com.
In addition to practicing social distancing, the City of Austin encourages our community to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.