August 4, 2020
The Lightfoot administration on Monday announced an expansion of its Outdoor Dining Program that has already allowed more than 250 bars and restaurants citywide to operate outdoors during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Effective immediately, individual establishments that serve alcohol without a retail food license may apply to use this program to temporarily operate on the sidewalk in front of their establishment. All restaurants and bars may use the permit in outdoor areas that would typically require an outdoor patio license.
“While we’ve had to implement restrictions and take hard measures to combat a recent rise COVID-19 activity, we will continue to ensure our restaurants, bars and businesses have the supports they need to survive during these unprecedented times,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot. By expanding the program, she added, “we are providing a lifeline to hundreds of local establishments across Chicago’s neighborhoods.”
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