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Posted on: August 11, 2020

Open-Air Dining Area to Close Tomorrow, Aug. 12, Albert Avenue to Re-Open to Traffic

EAST LANSING, Mich. — East Lansing community members and businesses are advised that the Open-Air Dining Area, located along Albert Avenue in downtown East Lansing, will be closing tomorrow, Aug. 12.

East Lansing Department of Public Works crews will begin removing the picnic tables and barricades in the morning, with Albert Avenue expected to be fully re-opened to vehicular traffic by early to mid afternoon.

“We hope community members enjoyed the outdoor space over the past few months, and that downtown businesses benefited from this pilot endeavor,” said East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas. “Our staff will be evaluating operations for possible implementation again next summer.”

Community members are encouraged to continue to support downtown East Lansing businesses during this challenging time. Visit to view a list of downtown businesses and contact information. Community members can visit websites or contact businesses to find out what services are currently being offered (i.e. carry-out, dine-in, delivery, in-store shopping, online options). Downtown visitors are reminded that masks are now required at all times (inside and outside) within the boundaries of the Downtown Development Authority:

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