With coronavirus a focus, here’s why Danbury made an exception for a drive-thru business

DANBURY – Drive-thru windows were a convenience well before the coronavirus crisis made it complicated to leave the car and walk into the store.

Today, drive-thru windows are likely more popular than ever as workers try to keep their social distance from customers while still doing business in the era of COVID-19.

But when a downtown pharmacy saw office space open up that had a drive-thru window, there was a problem. Danbury doesn’t allow drive-thru windows for restaurants or retail stores in the heart of the Main Street corridor, in what’s known as the central business district.

“We don’t want to open the door for a lot of fast food restaurants,” said Danbury Zoning Enforcement Officer Sean Hearty.

So Main Street Pharmacy applied for special permission to the Zoning Board of Appeals, promising to use the drive-thru window only for prescriptions and medications.

File photo - Dr. Jack Yeung, left, and Dr. Jean Jacob, right, at the grand opening of Main Street Pharmacy, on Sunday, March 7, 2010.

The ZBA agreed in August, clearing the

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