Elgin Sets Temp Outdoor Seating Guidelines For Bars, Restaurants

Elgin Sets Temp Outdoor Seating Guidelines For Bars, Restaurants

The city of Elgin announces guidance for restaurants and bars to create temporary outdoor seating areas during Phase 3 of the state’s Restore Illinois Plan.

“The city of Elgin is committed to working with restaurants and bars that wish to serve food and alcohol in a temporary outdoor seating area,” city officials said today (Thursday, May 28, 2020) in a news release.

The city has waived permit requirements in most cases, all application fees, and made other temporary accommodations to make it easier for businesses to offer outdoor dining operations during Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois plan.

On Wednesday, Elgin Mayor David Kaptain signed an emergency proclamation which extends an establishment’s current liquor license to include any city-approved temporary outdoor seating area throughout the duration of Phase 3.

Those interested in creating an outdoor seating area should view the Quick Guide and FAQs at cityofelgin.org/outdoorseating to determine what is necessary for their business to create a space while complying with Phase 3 guidelines and providing the city with necessary documents.

Already Have an Outdoor Seating Area?

Those who already have a city-approved outdoor seating area on their private property may begin using it on May 29, as long as they comply with Phase 3 guidelines, like table distance, capacity and more.

Anyone with an outdoor seating area located along a public sidewalk does need to modify their setup to separate the tables and chairs from the sidewalk and provide a barrier device (see the FAQs regarding Barrier Devices).

If you want to substantially change your previously approved outdoor seating area, for example by expanding its size or by adding a tent or canopy, you may be required to provide the city with additional documents and plans.

Follow the Quick Guide to Temporary Outdoor Seating for Restaurants & Bars as well as the FAQs.

SOURCE: city of Elgin news release