Expanded Outdoor Dining in Town; Temporary One-Way Traffic on Witherspoon

The Municipality, local businesses, the Arts Council of Princeton, Sustainable Princeton, Princeton University, and the Princeton Merchants Association are collaborating to facilitate the safe and successful reopening of the restaurants, businesses and retail stores that have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Municipality of Princeton is repurposing on-street and off-street parking for curbside pickup and outdoor dining. In over 20 locations in the downtown business areas, parking spaces will be transformed into curbside pickup locations. Outdoor dining space will be expanded on Witherspoon Street between Nassau Street and Paul Robeson Place / Wiggins Street and on Hulfish Street. Witherspoon Street has been changed to a one-way between Nassau Street and Spring Street. These curbside pickup and outdoor dining modifications will be in place a maximum of 120 days.

Residents are encouraged to walk and bicycle downtown. Additional bicycle racks are being installed to accommodate the expected higher usage. 

Stay Vigilant

With the lifting of restrictions and the reopening of more businesses and activities, it is more important than ever to take precautions to ensure you and your loved ones stay healthy. Coronavirus remains highly contagious. To ensure the lowest chance of contracting the virus, and spreading the virus to others:

  • Practice social distancing.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your nose, eyes and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face coverwhen you have to go out in public; for example, to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. Do not use a face mask meant for a health care worker. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and wash your hands or clean them with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces


Get tested if you are exhibiting symptoms, if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for coronavirus, or if you have attended a mass gathering such as a protest. More info.