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Open Air ICT Program Supports Businesses During the Pandemic

Contact: Gary Janzen, City Engineer |

​The City of Wichita is now offering a new program, Open Air ICT, to support local businesses and protect public health during the pandemic. The Wichita City Council approved the program today which allows restaurants, bars and retail stores to apply for a free permit to use the adjacent sidewalks, streets and on-site parking. Businesses may use the areas for shopping, dining, drinking and advertising. The permit will help businesses provide safer environments for their customers to social distance.

The City is offering a streamlined application and approval process so businesses may begin using the outdoor spaces as soon as possible. Business owners may apply and learn more about the process at City staff will respond to applicants within two business days

“The Open Air ICT process is designed to move business applications along quickly for approval,” Assistant Public Works Director Gary Janzen said. “It’s a top priority for us because businesses need to be able to offer this safe outdoor opportunity to their customers.”

Residents may also visit to view a list of approved Open Air ICT businesses making it simple to find outdoor places to shop, dine and drink while social distancing. The City is also providing badges to approved restaurants, bars and retail stores to display on their websites to inform their customers of these outdoor opportunities. The Open Air ICT program will run through August 1, 2021.

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