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City Releases Guidelines for Outdoor Food and Beverage Service

Post Date:05/27/2020 10:26 AM

The following guidelines were approved by the Quincy City Council on 5/26/20:

  1. Social distancing shall be observed at all times.
  2. Access to beer gardens shall be allowed through an outside entrance. If an indoor entrance is utilized all seating must be removed and premises made inaccessible.
  3. Tables must be 6 feet apart (measured from edge of table to edge of table)
  4. Outdoor dining is encouraged on public sidewalks if:
    1. A 4 foot wide pedestrian walkway must be provided and maintained at all times on sidewalks.
    2. Adjacent to the property. An establishment will be allowed to have tables setup at a nonadjacent location if they receive written permission from the effected property. No locations across the street will be allowed.
    3. An encroachment permit is filed (The City of Quincy will have a permit that applies to every restaurant and bar)
  5. The open container ordinance (Chapter 111.110) will be waived. An employee shall be located outside while alcohol is being served or the storefront windows of the building shall be such that an employee inside of the business can monitor the outside area.
  6. The noise ordinance (Chapter 96) will be waived.
  7. Establishments can operate under normal business hours. If more than one peace disturbance is issued to an establishment their hours may be reduced at the discretion of the Chief of Police.
  8. Off street parking requirements (Chapter 162.092) will be waived.
  9. No live music is allowed unless an Outdoor Live Entertainment Permit is approved. (There will be no fee for the permit during Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan.) An Outdoor Live Entertainment Permit is required regardless of expected crowd.
  10. Recorded music shall end at 10:00 PM unless approved by the City Council.
  11. Tents will be allowed if the tent is sideless during operating hours and by adhering to the temporary structure requirements. A minimum of a 5 pound, ABC fire extinguisher must be under the tent and readily accessible to staff at all times when the tent is in use. No fee shall be charged for the temporary structure permit during Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan.
  12. No food preparation will be allowed outside unless permitted by the Adams County Health Department and the Quincy Fire Department.
  13. The closure of public streets, public alleys and public parking lots will be permitted if approved by City Council. (No streets designated as snow routes will be closed)
  14. Establishments will be responsible for trash pickup every night.
  15. Businesses must monitor outdoor activities at all time.
  16. Alcoholic beverage orders to be consumed on premise must be ordered outdoors.
  17. Establishments must allow for adequate plumbing fixtures based on the number of occupants/patrons per city plumbing code.
  18. All outdoor furniture must be secured from a weather event if left outside overnight.
  19. A credit will be issued for the month of June to all liquor license holders who renew their license.
  20. The prepared food, beverage and alcohol tax shall be postponed until January 1st, 2021.
  21. All recommendations will be in effect for the duration of Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Plan. All recommendations and waivers will be null and void in future phases unless reaffirmed by the Quincy City Council.
  22. As the Governor’s Executive Order expires on May 30th, and we are entering into a new phase on May 29th section 133.11 of the Municipal Code of Quincy shall be considered terminated upon adoption of the resolution.
  23. Any deviations to the recommendations must be requested to and approved by the Adams County Health Department, Quincy Police Department, Quincy Fire Department, Engineering, Planning and Development and the Mayor. Requests should be submitted to or calling 217-228-4545.
  24. Parties/Seating must be in 6 or fewer.
  25. There will be no charge for entrance above what has been previously charged by the establishment.
  26. Indoor space where 50% or more of a wall can be removed via the opening of windows, doors, or panels provided that dining tables are within 8-ft from such opening.
  27. Executed Indemnification and Hold Harmless Agreement to the posted Guidelines for Outdoor Food and Beverage Service.

These recommendations shall not supersede the directives of the State of Illinois. 

Live Outdoor Entertainment Requests must include:
The Liquor Waiver Application

To inquire about Temporary Structure Permits (Tents) please call (217) 228-4515 or email:

All establishments must follow the guidelines released by the State of Illinois. They can be found here:

Click here to view the Tent Requirements and Application

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