CHICAGO — City Hall on Monday issued a set of guidelines for outdoor, cold-weather dining aimed at giving restaurants and bar owners time to prepare for serving supper during a coronavirus winter.
Later this month, city officials are expected to announce the winners of the Winter Design Challenge, a contest aimed at figuring out how to keep restaurants operating al fresco when it's, eh, freezing.
Until then, officials unveiled a framework for allowing businesses with permits to serve patrons outdoors, including setting up tents, yurts and plastic domes on private property and the public way under certain conditions:
Half of the walls on temporary structures used to serve multiple tables must allow open air flow.
Enclosed structures, including plastic domes with adequate ventilation will be allowed for single groups.
Temporary structures must be made of fire-resistant material, weighted or anchored to the ground.
Heating devices are allowed but must be included in outdoor seating permit applications.
Enclosed areas with heating devices must have clearly marked entrances and exits
Businesses must have sufficient fire extinguishers to cover indoor and outdoor spaces.
Restaurants will need inclement weather plans in writing and trained to staff to prevent any injuries in storms, snow, or other unsafe situations.
If plastic domes or other enclosed spaces are used, establishment must post placards advising about the increased risk of COVID-19 transmission within an enclosed space.
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