AKRON, Ohio — Restaurants and bars in Akron will now be able to expand or create temporary outdoor spaces to encourage physical distancing.
The City of Akron approved a new temporary summer patio permit to assist local establishments in welcoming patrons back safely.
The city will not be closing down streets for this permit, but businesses can apply to utilize the sidewalks, alleyways, public parking lots, or street parking spaces for their temporary patio. The proposed location must be adjacent to the property, the city said.
“Our restaurants and bars have been hit particularly hard by the necessary orders to protect public health during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan in a news release. “By establishing a one-stop-shop for our businesses to expand available outdoor seating, our goal is to reduce red tape and allow these expansions to move forward efficiently. Increased outdoor seating will provide customers with greater peace of mind, while keeping everyone safe as we move forward in our response to this virus.”
Applications will be open on June 9 and can be found here. There is no charge to apply. The permits will be issued through Sept. 23 and will be valid until Nov. 4