Pilot Program to Expand Outdoor Dining Areas in Columbus


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--With bars and restaurants still struggling during the coronavirus pandemic, the city of Columbus is starting a new pilot program to allow the establishments to expand their outdoor dining areas.

The city is allowing businesses to apply for additional outdoor seating, in areas like sidewalks, parking lots, and alleys.

The program runs through the end of October, and businesses can apply through the city of Columbus's website.

All temporary outdoor seating areas permitted are required to comply with the requirements in the program and with state and local health mandates.

There are specific guidelines for the expansions, especially for using right-of-ways where speed limits are limited.