Curbside pickup just got easier

Bayonne reinstated special parking for pickup and takeout customers

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One way Bayonne has found to cope with the pandemic is to continue its efforts to help local businesses during this fall’s surge of COVID-19 infections.

Mayor James Davis and the City Council announced that the Bayonne Parking Utility is reinstating special parking spaces for pickup and takeout services at certain food establishments and drugstores.

The Parking Utility is reaching out to the businesses that will be involved with the pickup and takeout parking program.

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“The goal of this policy is to help increase business in our community and to make it more convenient for Bayonne customers to shop locally,” Davis said. “We will continue to encourage growth in our local economy.”

Davis described the initiative in March: “We will designate a parking spot in front of a willing and qualifying eatery as a ‘No Parking’ area, so our residents can pull up directly in front and get their food and pull away.”

Food establishments can call the Bayonne Parking Authority at 201-858-6135 between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to apply for the “No Parking” area designation. If there is no answer, residents should leave a message.

The Parking Authority will require the business name, address, contact person, and phone number of those interested. Once posted, the “No Parking” signs will remain up until further notice.

These “No Parking” areas are for customers picking up takeout only. They will not be designated for delivery drivers, only for residents to pick up food quickly and return home.

Doing this will help people abide better by the social distancing guidelines.

The policy will take effect on Dec. 7. Other special parking measures will go into effect on the same day at municipal parking lots, allowing residents four hours of free parking to promote holiday shopping at  Bayonne businesses.

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