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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Temporary Outdoor Seating Zoning Permit Announced

Per Governor Hogan’s Stage One measures, outdoor dining began this evening in The City of Frederick. As shared yesterday in the Mayor’s Statement on the Governor’s plans, the City is working diligently to support restaurants by offering additional opportunities for space and service expansion. 

Today, the City announced a temporary outdoor seating zoning permit. This allows restaurants, breweries, distilleries, and other food service establishments to expand their seating areas outside of the building, including; sidewalks, common areas, and parking for up to 12 months or until the State of Emergency is lifted.  The permit is now available on the City’s website. Separately, an ordinance will be brought forward to the Board of Aldermen for approval at the June 4, 2020, public meeting to provide further flexibility under this permit in terms of parking.

The City is also planning to announce the next phase of outdoor dining opportunities next week. The outdoor dining options being considered will require approvals from certain entities, such as the Frederick County Health Department and the Frederick County Liquor Board. Future communications will outline these requirements.

For the latest, please visit cityoffrederickmd.gov/covid19. Questions can be emailed to covid19@cityoffrederickmd.gov.

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