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Colorado Springs offers permits to restaurants for temporary outdoor seating

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Posted at 10:42 AM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 12:42:02-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — The City of Colorado Springs announced Thursday it will offer temporary outdoor seating options for restaurants.

Restaurants were allowed to open May 27 after an executive order issued by Gov. Jared Polis outlined the steps these establishments can take to safely open dining rooms. Colorado Springs officials are now accepting applications for restaurants for "temporary use and revocable permits to expand dining areas" to these areas:

  • Private parking lots
  • Sidewalks
  • Cafe patio extensions
  • Balcony seating

These applications will not require fees from applicants and they will be reviewed within one week of submission. Outdoor seating will still have to be in compliance with the executive order set for limited dine-in services.

“Restaurants have been one of the harder-hit industries during the COVID-19 global pandemic. As businesses work to comply with public health orders, implementing these creative solutions for restaurants to accommodate more customers can help them be more sustainable,” said Colorado Springs City Clerk Sarah Johnson.

The city is also helping out restaurants by allowing a faster process for restaurants to modify their liquor licenses. This new modification will allow licensed establishments to temporarily serve alcohol "in an expanded dining service area." They will be issued for 120 days and could be extended through future public health orders, according to the city.

To learn more about the permits and liquor modifications, click here.

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