Guidelines for Outdoor Dining to be Finalized May 26th
In light of Governor Pritzker’s announcement that bars and restaurants will be permitted to serve patrons outdoors beginning May 29th, the Quincy City Council will be voting on guidelines at the May 26th council meeting. The City of Quincy expects the State of Illinois to issue guidance in the next few days and the City will modify their guidelines to reflect the State’s requirements.
We also know a lot of planning needs to be done to prepare establishments to increase service in a safe and responsible manner on May 29th. Under the guidelines that will be considered by the City Council food and drink establishments will be able to:
- Utilize beer gardens for service as long as indoor seating is removed or made inaccessible.
- Provide outdoor dining on sidewalks including placing tables at locations not adjacent to their property, provided written approval from neighboring property owners has been obtained.
- Public streets, alleys and parking lots may be closed to provide more spacing. Requests should be made through the City Council. Requests will need to be submitted by Friday at 9:00 AM to be placed on the following week’s City Council Agenda.
- Tents will be permitted as long as the temporary structure requirements are followed. Questions may be directed to the Inspection Department by calling 217-228-4515
- No live music will be permitted and recorded music must end at 10:00 PM
- Establishments will be able to provide service during usual business hours.
Final guidelines and recommendations will be released after they are approved by the Quincy City Council.
Questions or follow up appointments can be made by calling the Mayor’s office at 217-228-4545.