The Town of Normal is extending permission for outdoor dining on private commercial properties and permitting portable heaters in accordance with temporary outdoor heating guidelines until further notice.
“Outdoor dining has helped restaurant owners,” said Mayor Chris Koos. “We want to continue to help local businesses. During COVID-times, indoor seating remains limited. When we announced the outdoor-dining extension earlier this year, we hoped we would be further along in the Restore Illinois plan. Sadly, that is not the case.”
Businesses who previously applied for outdoor dining do not need to reapply. The outdoor dining extension leaves in place all the regulations implemented in May. These regulations include but are not limited to the following:
• No smoking permitted• No amplified sound allowed• Patrons must have access to indoor restrooms (Portapotties not allowed)• Open alcohol may not be removed from the designated outdoor dining areas• Outdoor dining areas will close at 10 p.m.• All regulations by the State or the County Health Department apply• ADA accessibility and accessible parking must be maintained
“We appreciate the ability to continue offering outdoor dining,” said Jason Bratcher, chief operating officer of Destihl. “Many patrons continue to request to sit outside. The ability to use temporary portable heaters could help us accommodate people in the colder weeks ahead.”
Business owners who would like to apply for a new outdoor dining operation should email Town Clerk Angie Huonker at email@example.com for an application. The application must be signed and returned before opening an outdoor dining area.
The temporary outdoor heating guidelines were established by Normal Fire Chief Mick Humer in accordance with guidelines from the National Fire Protection Association and the International Fire Code.
These changes remain in effect until further notice. Restaurants are responsible for enforcing these rules. The Town reminds patrons to follow social distancing and handwashing protocols.
Outdoor dining within the parking spaces in Uptown Normal continues through Nov. 1, as planned. Beginning Nov. 2, all outdoor dining amenities in the on-street locations of Uptown will be removed to allow for increased on-street-parking for patrons of Uptown businesses.