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Thinking Outside the Restaurant

Post Date:06/15/2020

Some Grandview restaurants could soon be going al fresco thanks to a new resolution passed to help them thrive during COVID-19 restrictions. Effective immediately, outdoor dining on public sidewalks and parking lots will be allowed (with approval from the Community Development Department).

“The City felt we should provide some sort of relief from restrictions set on dining establishments for occupancy,” explains City Planner Dave McCumber. The new resolution will allow restaurants to expand their restaurant capacity while still providing space for social distancing both inside and outside.

Recent stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19 hit the restaurant industry particularly hard allowing only takeout or drive-through service.  Currently in Phase 2 of the Jackson County Recovery Plan, restaurants are allowed to operate at 50% capacity and must maintain at least six-feet between tables.

Any restaurants interested in expanding their seating outside will need to call (816) 316-4822 to finalize set-up. The Grandview resolution is only temporary and set to expire when the Missouri state of emergency declaration ends or whenever the County moves to Phase IV of reopening.

In another show of commitment to the business community, the Mayor and Board of Aldermen are allowing businesses to have more time to renew their occupancy licenses. This allows owners to have until the end of August to pay any fees. This extension allows businesses to focus on reopening and getting back to work.

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