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Posted on: June 3, 2020

Mayor Announces ‘Pop Up Dining’ Program for City Restaurants

In today’s public briefing, Mayor O’Connor announced new efforts to support City restaurants due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic – “Pop Up Dining” in Frederick. The City received 1500 responses to a survey outlining possible options for expanded outdoor dining last week. Using that feedback and ensuring that our decision took into consideration (1) pedestrian and diner safety, (2) ADA regulations, (3) the necessary work of our department of public works, and (4) and the planning for potential extreme weather, the City developed a multi-faceted plan to provide safe outdoor dining across the City. 

There are five opportunities available depending on a restaurant’s location and proximity to features within Frederick. The five options include the use of: 

  • Downtown sidewalks
  • In City parks, alleys, and lots
  • In parklets
  • In street closures
  • On private property

A new permit portal is available at cityoffrederickmd.gov/popupdining and outlines each of the five options with the appropriate permitting and approval details.  It is the City’s intention to maintain these options into the fall and the city intends to waive all associated permit fees.  Questions regarding this program may be directed to the Department of Economic Development at 301-600-6360.


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