Council votes to extend outdoor dining until October 31st in St. Charles
On June 29, 2020 the St. Charles City Council voted unanimously to approve an ordinance that will allow expanded outdoor dining opportunities for restaurants until October 31, 2020.
This decision follows the executive action that Mayor Rogina took when the region moved into Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan on May 29, establishing a temporary outdoor dining permit for restaurants in the city.
Under the new program, restaurants can apply for a no-fee permit that allows the use of public and private parking lots and sidewalks for expanded outdoor dining. Restaurants with small parking lots, under 25 stalls, can use the entire lot for outdoor dining, while large lots (25+) may use up to 50% of the lot area.
To date, nearly 30 restaurants have taken advantage of this program to offer expanded outdoor dining to their customers. An updated list of restaurants with temporary outdoor dining areas can be found here: https://www.thinkstcharles.com/temporary-outdoor-dining. The St. Charles Business Alliance has also curated a list of restaurants that have permanent patios which can be accessed here: https://www.stcalliance.org/outdoor.
Even though the region has now advanced to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan, indoor dining spaces will have a reduced capacity as all tables must be six feet apart and standing room occupancy in bars is reduced to 25% of standing room capacity. Outdoor dining may compensate for some of the lost indoor capacity as well as offer dining options to customers who are not be comfortable dining indoors yet.
For more information on Phase 4 guidelines and best practices, visit the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity's website here: https://dceocovid19resources.com/restore-illinois/restore-illinois-phase-4/