In anticipation of the start of Phase 4 in the Restore Illinois plan, the Town of Normal is extending permission for outdoor dining through Sunday, August 2. Recent indications from the State of Illinois are that Governor Pritzker will implement Phase 4 for the region including Normal as early as June 26. The Town currently understands Phase 4 to permit indoor dining with various limitations on capacity.
“Outdoor dining has worked extremely well since its implementation in late May. The restaurant owners have been operating these outdoor spaces in a very safe manner, and the customers have clearly enjoyed the opportunity to get out and support them. The outdoor dining extension will continue to be a great help in the early stages of Phase 4, when indoor seating will be limited,” said Mayor Chris Koos.
Businesses who previously applied for outdoor dining do not need to reapply. Business owners who would like to apply for a new outdoor dining operation should contact Town Clerk Angie Huonker at email@example.com for an application. The application must be signed and returned before opening an outdoor dining area. The outdoor dining extension leaves in place all the regulations implemented in late May. These regulations include but are not limited to the following:
• No smoking permitted• No amplified sound allowed• Patrons must have access to indoor restrooms (Portapotties not allowed)• Open alcohol may not be removed from the designated outdoor dining areas• Outdoor dining areas will close at 10 p.m.• All regulations by the State or the County Health Department apply• ADA accessibility and accessible parking must be maintained
These changes will remain in effect until August 2, 2020. Patrons will find each restaurant is responsible for enforcing these rules as they reopen, and the Town reminds patrons that social distancing and handwashing protocols should be followed.
“I so appreciate the Town’s assistance in trying to keep our business alive through the COVID pandemic. Outdoor dining has been greatly appreciated,” said Tim Strader, financial officer for Ft. Jesse Café.