In the coming weeks, expect to see much of the curbside parking outside Oahu’s busy commercial areas converted into food-pickup zones.

The city announced Tuesday that restaurants can now apply for up to three marked bags to place over metered parking spaces in front of their buildings. The bags will reserve those spaces exclusively for customers picking up to-go orders.

Any restaurant that applies for the bags would not have exclusive use of those spots — it would have to share with neighboring eateries, city transportation officials said.

Since each restaurant can apply for up to three bags, busy spots such as Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki and Chinatown could see most curbside parking there turn into pickup spaces through April 30.

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, restaurant owners can apply to use the city’s metered curbside parking as food pickup zones instead. Courtney Teague/Civil Beat

Food trucks can apply for permits to park for free at metered curbside stalls — as long as they’re not being used by the restaurants for food pickup. That program runs through April 30, too.

City officials hope it will curb at least some of the financial blow to restaurants amid state and county’s stay-at-home orders. Those mandates aim to slow the spread of COVID-19 — as of Wednesday nearly 100 people in Hawaii have tested positive for the virus.

Businesses looking to apply should visit Honolulu Hale between 2 pm and 4 pm on weekdays through April 3. (The building will be closed March 26 for the state holiday, however.)

Restaurants should bring their address and a contact number. Those with food trucks need to bring their Department of Health permit, city officials said.

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