Seattle introduces Brand New Year Blocks to encourage room for active recreation

Dec 21 2020, 6:35 pm

Residents who’d like to block off their streets for New Year’s can apply for a Brand New Year Block permit which will allow residents to close one block on a non-arterial street.

The closure can be up to 20 hours over three total days (consecutive or non-consecutive) from now through Sunday, January 3.

“This time of year, we’d normally be out and about with our neighbors, exploring the holidays lights and being in community. With Brand New Year Blocks, we’re creating new ways for Seattle residents to be in community with their loved ones and neighbors in a way that’s safe, healthy, and respects the need for social distancing,” said Seattle Mayor Jenny A. Durkan in a blog post.

The permit does not authorize or encourage gatherings; rather, it’s meant to provide everyone with more room for active recreation while maintaining physical distancing.

Those looking to apply for a Brand New Year Block can do so online.

In addition to the block permits, starting Friday, December 18 through Sunday, January 3, one mile of the northern portion of Lake Washington Blvd from Mt. Baker Park to Stan Sayres Memorial Park will be closed to people driving, except for emergency response teams.

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