Outdoor Patio Seating

Outdoor Patio Seating

The Plymouth City Commission held a special meeting on Monday, November 30 to authorize an emergency extension for outdoor patio service on public property. This authorization allows liquor-serving establishments to continue outdoor seating on public sidewalks with no allowance for temporary structures.  The initial authorization expired on November 30, and the extension expires on December 31, 2020.

Businesses with patios on private property may continue to use them through March 31, 2021, after which they must reapply for a permit.

“Helping out our businesses is one of our top priorities,” said Mayor Oliver Wolcott.  “We want to do anything we can to help them survive this pandemic.”

The emergency extension is the result of collaboration between public and private entities.

“We have been working with state regulators, the Michigan Municipal League and our restaurant and business community on possible alternatives for the winter season,” said City Manager Paul Sincock. “When we met with restaurant owners, there was interest in keeping the sidewalk cafes and outdoor patios up for as long as possible.” 

Under the extension, restaurants are responsible for snow and ice control measures, including after hours.  It’s anticipated that the Downtown Development Authority will experience additional cost because their snow removal contractor will have to work around obstacles.

The previous authorization for the City administration to develop carryout parking zones remains in effect.