PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — You can now dine outside at restaurants in Philadelphia. The city announced guidelines for restaurant owners to ensure social distancing is being observed on Thursday afternoon.
Those with patio areas on their property may open. Restaurants with sidewalk cafe licenses can as well.
In some ways it’s a bittersweet day, not every place was able to make it through the pandemic, but there was a collective cheer from the restaurant owners who survived on Main Street in Manayunk Friday morning.
They’re opening their doors and widening their curtains, like the ones you see inside the Manayunk Brewing Company.
Owner Mike Rose allowed CBS3 inside before they officially opened their doors to customers on the patio.
The tables at the Manayunk Brewing Company are all six-feet apart, per the governors rules as the Philadelphia moves into the yellow phase of reopening.
Rose says they, like many other restaurants, have had to reinvent themselves over the past three months or so. And just to see customers walking through their doors for the first time since winter will be a welcomed sight.
Some of the other precautions at the brewery include all plastic utensils and all food will be served in plastic containers.
Restaurants will be able to apply for four types of outdoor dining options:
➡️Streetery (converting curbside parking)
➡️Temporary use of private lots for dining
➡️Temporary street closure pilot
Details ⬇️ https://t.co/pCA4CRykjO
— Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) June 11, 2020
Those without outdoor seating can apply for a permit.
There are four types of permits being offered, sidewalk cafe, streetery or turning curbside parking, temporary use of private lots for dining, and temporary street closure.
Restaurant owners may begin to apply for the permits late in the afternoon Friday, June 12 and the application review process will begin on Monday.
City health officials do not recommend gatherings of larger than 25 people.