The City of Lowell has a temporary outdoor seating program to allow restaurants to operate in outdoor settings adjacent to their businesses. The intent of the program is to allow for greater physical distancing and safety for patrons when the state’s public health orders allow restaurants to resume sit-down service. While final rules and regulations are still in development (anticipated ordinance vote on 6/9/2020), proposals could include expansion into designated outdoor areas such as adjacent parking lots, streets and sidewalks.
Eligible businesses can use this online form to submit an outdoor expansion proposal for the City to review. Considerations for every proposal will include safety, mobility, and local and emergency access.