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New street closures coming to Downtown Santa Barbara

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People ride bikes down State Street in downtown Santa Barbara on a late June afternoon.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Santa Barbara closed seven blocks of State Street at the end of May.

The purpose was to allow restaurants and bars to expand outside onto the street allowing for more physical distancing. Since the implementation, the reception around town has been great.

Now the City is working to expand on street closures. Transplanning and parking manager, Rob Dayton, said next week the City plans to narrow two lanes of the 400 block of State Street, one block south of where the street closure currently starts.

The lane closures will allow businesses on the 400 block to expand out into the street.

Dayton added the City is also planning on closing part of West Victoria Street near Bohnett Park to accommodate the public market and other restaurants on that block.

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