Bloomington restaurants and bars will have an opportunity to add or expand outdoor seating in the near future.
City Manager Tim Gleason has been given the authority to temporarily close streets, city parking lots and alleys to help businesses expand their outdoor footprints. The amendment to the COVID-19 Local Emergency Declaration was approved during Tuesday night's virtual City Council meeting.
“We want our businesses to survive and thrive; we want people to come back to work,” said Mayor Tari Renner. “But we want it to be safely.”