City of Hampton to Keep Downtown Street Closed for Outdoor Dining

What began as a way to keep restaurants operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, has turned into a permament feature for Hampton Residents.

East Queens Way in downtown Hampton will remain closed to vehicles to allow restaurants to continue with outdoor dining.

Hampton City Council unanimously signed off on the idea Wednesday night to keep the street blocked off for up to five years in the future after positive feedback from residents.

“We are a waterfront community. People want to be outdoors, it’s a great idea for everybody, I think,” said Robin McCormick, the city’s communication strategist.

The city upgraded and bought “classier” tables, chairs and umbrellas that don’t need to be packed up each night.