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Detroit expands outdoor dining program


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The city of Detroit has been looking to expand outdoor dining to support local restaurants and keep diners safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The new program runs from December 1 to April 1, 2021 and features more domes and tent-like seating for restaurants.

“Our local restaurants continue to face challenges as COVID-19 restricts seating capacity,” said Ron Brundidge, director of public works for the city, adding the program. “Companies get the opportunity to serve customers in a restaurant.” safe way. ”

Indoor dining has been identified as a hotspot for coronavirus transmission. Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently shut down indoor dining service through early December to ease the rising case numbers in the state.

The new program enables sidewalks, street parking and private parking spaces in restaurants and outdoor retail spaces to be converted to support businesses. Additional streets will be closed and designated as “café and retail zones”.

Closed outdoor seating will be an integral part of the program, but the city has set specific guidelines, including capacity, heating specifications, and specific floor plans.

In addition, only people who live in the same residence can eat together in a dome.

Companies wishing to apply for the winter program can do so at

Applications are subject to an eight-day approval process.

Related: 25 restaurants in the Detroit area with igloos, tents, and heated outdoor seating

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Dusty Kennedy