MELBOURNE — The City of Melbourne has adopted a temporary policy to allow restaurants to expand a portion of their seating outdoors for on-site food consumption.

The policy will also apply to bars when they are allowed to re-open.

The move follows Governor Ron DeSantis April 29th announcement of his Safe, Smart, Step-By-Step Plan to Reopen Florida.

Phase 1 of the plan begin on May 4. It allows for the re-opening of restaurants and retail establishments at 25% capacity. Restaurants can also offer outdoor seating with 6' of space between tables.

The City revoked its previous restrictions to help Melbourne’s restaurants take full advantage of the Governor's plan.

This temporary allowance includes the ability to place outdoor seating within parking or landscape areas and within the City’s right-of-way, subject to City approval.

This would include the ability to locate seating in accordance with the Zoning Code while maintaining adequate distance for ADA compliance; access to businesses; and any social distance requirements in effect.

In addition, the City will waive the $30 application review fee, the $100 sidewalk-use base fee, and the $25 per-seat fee. This allowance will only be good through the Declared State of Emergency.

Learn more at – https://www.melbourneflorida.org/Home/Components/News/News/4993/2513.

View the Melbourne City Manager's Executive Order here – https://bit.ly/3eqKESw.

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