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Posted on: June 10, 2020

City Council Passes Ordinance Allowing Expanded Outdoor Dining

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In a unanimous vote on Tuesday evening, the City Council adopted an ordinance authorizing the creation of a temporary program allowing Lowell restaurants, cafés, and coffee shops to expand outdoor seating options to allow for adequate social distancing among patrons and to meet compliance with state guidance on restaurant operations during Phase II of reopening. The ordinance enables participating restaurants to establish dining space in public right of ways adjacent to their business, specifically within designated portions of City sidewalks or within curbside parking spaces, or on authorized private property, including off-street parking lots. Outdoor dining areas permitted under the ordinance will be required to close by 10PM on Sundays-Thursdays, and by 11PM on Fridays-Saturdays. The program will remain in place through October 31, 2020, the traditional end of Lowell’s outdoor dining season.

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