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Outdoor Dining and Retail during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Survey

Outdoor Dining and Retail during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Survey

The Office of Planning (OP) invites the public to complete this survey, which is designed to assess the experience of patrons of outdoor dining and retail establishments in Washington DC during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The District is assessing the outdoor dining and retail pickup program to determine how to potentially continue the implementation of some version of the program once the public health emergency ends. The information you provide in the survey will inform that assessment. This brief survey should take you 5-7 minutes to complete, and will be available until February 28, 2021.

 

If you are a local business owner, please take the survey posted here instead of the one provided below.

Background on Outdoor Dining and Retail during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

At the start of the public health emergency triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, in an effort to provide support to local businesses, OP, District Department of Transportation (DDOT), and Department of Health (DOH) issued temporary guidelines allowing businesses to expand into public space - typically defined as the publicly owned area between private property lines, in this case the sidewalk and the roadway. This program allowed these spaces to be utilized by restaurants for outdoor dining, and by retailers for curbside pickup and delivery for the duration of the public health emergency.

To view thePDF file click here:Outdoor Business Expansion Map

Outdoor Business Expansions Map

Types of expansions include:

Sidewalk - immediately in front of the restaurant and adjacent space with consent from the adjacent ground-floor business or property owner

Sidewalk

Parking Space/Parklet - immediately in front of the restaurant and adjacent spaces with consent from the adjacent ground-floor business or property owner

Streatery - an entire block face of parking or travel lane(s)

Streatery

Dining Plaza - portions of an alley or other public space

1. During the pandemic, have you seen outdoor dining and/or curbside pickup and delivery in your neighborhood?
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If the answer is b or c, explain (Optional)
2. During the pandemic, did outdoor dining and curbside pickup and delivery allow you or someone you know to maintain a job in the restaurant industry?
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3. Overall, how do you feel the presence of outdoor dining and curbside pickup and delivery has affected your access to additional dining and food options?
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4. During the pandemic, did the presence of an outdoor dining and/or curbside pickup and delivery option cause you to eat out more, or pick up food to go, than you would have if those outdoor options did not exist?
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5. What transportation method(s) have you used to use outdoor dining? (can select more than one)
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6. How do you feel the presence of outdoor dining and curbside pickup and delivery has impacted your access to sidewalks, bicycle racks, benches, on-street parking, and/or other public space amenities?
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7. Do you prefer access to on-street parking or access to pedestrian amenities created by parklets (on-street parking transformed into dining or other uses)?
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8. If you have children, have you taken them to any type of outdoor dining?
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9. After the pandemic is over, would you be interested in using outdoor dining in locations other than the sidewalk; such as parklets (on-street parking transformed into outdoor dining), plazas, alleys, or as part of a street closure? (can select more than one)
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10. In addition to retail pickup and delivery, would you like to see outdoor retail merchandising on sidewalks, in parklets (on-street parking transformed into retail display), plazas, alleys, or as part of a street closure?
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11. Overall, how satisfied are you with the program?
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12. What Ward(s) did you have an outdoor dining experience in? (can select more than one) Find out here: https://planning.dc.gov/whatsmyward
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13. What Ward do you live in? Please only select one-
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14. How would you best describe yourself? (can select more than one)
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15. What is your age?
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16. Do you have any additional thoughts about what you like or do not like about outdoor dining and/or curbside pickup and delivery?