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City of Worcester announces extension of Temporary Outdoor Dining

For Immediate Release: 10/28/2020 4:20 pm

With an emphasis on protecting public health and boosting economic development during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. today signed an Executive Order extending Temporary Outdoor Restaurant Dining.

In June, City Manager Augustus issued an Order Implementing the Commonwealth’s Temporary Outdoor Dining Protocols. That order was set to expire Nov. 1. Today’s Executive Order extends Temporary Outdoor Dining until 60 days after Gov. Baker rescinds the State of Emergency issued on March 10, unless the City Manager rescinds his Order sooner. Accordingly, the License Commission will meet on Friday, Oct. 30 to vote to collectively extend the expiration date of the licenses that have been issued under the program.

“The COVID-19 crisis has had a devastating impact on all areas of life, and our restaurants have been particularly impacted,” City Manager Augustus said. “Outdoor dining provides an opportunity for these businesses to continue operating amid some of the restrictions put in place during the State’s reopening plan. It also affords patrons a safer alternative to indoor dining. This Order is expressly aimed at advancing and protecting both the public’s health and the City’s economic well-being.”


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