Businesses must submit a plan to the city for approval
Ottawa Mayor Dan Aussem issued a letter Friday to liquor license holders stating the city will assist bars and restaurants in expanding their outdoor seating areas by using public lots, parking spaces or possible street closures.
Also issuing an emergency order, he asked business owners considering using public property to expand their outdoor areas to submit a plan and contact the mayor’s office as soon as possible to ensure their outdoor dining area is ready to open Friday, May 29. To contact Aussem, call 815-433-0161, ext. 110, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Aussem said the state of Illinois has not issued their rules and regulations for outdoor seating for bars and restaurants. Once these regulations are released, the city of Ottawa will post them to their city website. Aussem said the city will enforce all state rules and regulations.
In his emergency order, it says restaurants must get authorization from the city, noting the city intends to work with every business. All public seating and eating are must be spaced a minimum of six feet apart, no more than 10 patrons will be allowed at one table, and all bars or restaurants with outdoor dining adjacent to a street must have temporary barriers in place. Except for the use of restrooms and takeout services, the indoor facilities are to remain closed.
Gov. JB Pritzker announced Wednesday restaurants with outdoor dining will be able to open as early as May 29 in phase 3 of his Restore Illinois plan.