Herald Staff Writer
The city has approved the temporary closing of two streets to make way for outdoor dining. West Tuscarawas Avenue between Third Street Northwest and Eighth Street Northwest as well as West Park Avenue from Second Street Northwest to the alley will be closed 4:30-9 p.m. (weather permitting) beginning Thursday, May 21 through Saturday, May 23.
In a letter written to business owners, Mayor William Judge stated, “The goal is to help downtown businesses recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and adapt to the new ways of doing business.” He also went on to express, “Our downtown businesses are the heartbeat of our community and we want to see your business succeed throughout the duration of this pandemic and be there to help you through these unprecedented times.”
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced the re-opening of outside-patio restaurants and bars effective May 15 and the opening of inside seating May 21. Due to social distancing restrictions, there isn’t room for many customers to dine inside their favorite local restaurants or bars. Because of this, they are taking it outside.
There are still restrictions that need to be taken into consideration when dining outdoors. Customer guidelines for outside dining include: maintaining 6 feet social distance, face coverings are recommended, parties should include no more than 10 people, customers must sit while eating/drinking, hand washing and sanitizing stations should be available in common areas. At this time, alcoholic beverages will not be allowed outside of the restaurant.