It’s one way of beating the weather.
As Phase Three begins and we venture into a summer of social distancing, we’ve never been more in need of some creative thinking to help Cork’s businesses to open up safely and make food businesses feasible.
Cork City Council has pedestrianised a number of city streets to create more space for shoppers and workers. Now one forward-thinking local has come up with a clever plan that could ensure restaurants could continue to serve diners alfresco in the coming months, even if the weather isn’t cooperating.
Twitter user @dtexlyn shared a mock-up of what Cork’s Prince’s Street might look like if a huge rain cover was erected from roof to roof across the entire street.
I got a little bored and thought I’d mock-up one of my ideas for the hopeful pedestrianisation of #PrincesStreet with inspiration from Malaga. Future addition of canopy cover to stop rain and cover /2 #PureCork #LoveCork pic.twitter.com/OTkCV9HLN0
— DTL (@dtexlyn) June 25, 2020
“I got a little bored and thought I’d mock-up one of my ideas for the hopeful pedestrianisation of #PrincesStreet with inspiration from Malaga.” he posted.
“Future addition of canopy cover to stop rain and cover. The addition of tables and benches down a single side that the likes of
@nash19cork would have no issues filling without the worry of rain. Costa del Cork could really be possible…”
Urban cabanas, canopies and pavilions are popping up in cities all over the world as lockdown measures are lifted.
Down in Bandon. local photographer Philip Cullinane came up with an idea for the town’s Bridge Street, where socially-distanced diners could enjoy food, coffee and art beneath an umbrella street ceiling.
With temporary closures of Emmet Place, Father Mathew Street and Princes Street on the way and the Marina in Blackrock, Oliver Plunkett Street, Tuckey Street and Pembroke Street already pedestrianised, the sky is (literally) the limit.