Madison to allow expanded outdoor restaurant seating

The City of Madison has created a “Streatery” Restaurant Recovery Program to allow expanded outdoor dining.

The mayoral emergency order temporarily allows restaurants to expand outdoor dining onto the public sidewalks, on-street parking areas, or in privately-owned parking lots through a streamlined administrative approval process, enabling restaurants to expand their capacity while administering physical distancing guidelines.

“Our new Madison Streatery Program is a direct response to requests from neighborhoods and small businesses to create new opportunities for outdoor dining, placemaking, and physical distancing,” Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said in a news release. “I am excited to open up our streets for seating so we can enjoy summer with great food, and support the local businesses that make our City so special —all while maintaining good practices to prevent community spread of COVID-19. The sustainability of our small business community is important, and this is just one way the City can help.”

Tiffany Kenney, Executive Director of Madison’s Central Business Improvement District said, “We’re looking forward to working with the City to find creative ways to enable restaurants to get back to business. I don’t know what could be more fun than spending time at an outdoor café in downtown Madison.”

This program is temporary and will expire on October 25, 2020 or the date that Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) allows restaurants to return to normal operations, whichever is sooner. This program is subject to all local, State and Federal Heath Orders, laws and guidelines. Further guidelines and information will be forthcoming as the details of the program become finalized.

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