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Posted on: August 4, 2020

Belleville City Council Extends Outdoor Dining, Street Closures

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Belleville, Ill. – August 4, 2020 –Belleville’s City Council last night approved Resolution 3389-2020, a Resolution Implementing Local Measures Related to the Restore Illinois Guidelines/Mitigation Plan for Business Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

This resolution extends the partial closure of the certain streets to accommodate outdoor dining including S. High St., S. Jackson St., and N. Church St. until Nov. 14, 2020.

“We wanted to take proactive measures to ensure our local businesses can operate if the state moves the region back to Phase 3 of the Restore Illinois Pan,” said Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert. “We’ve seen an increase in numbers of COVID-19 over the past several weeks and the state keeps warning that this region could regress if progress isn’t made.”

Those businesses operating with a Temporary Outdoor Dining Permit must be closed no later than 11 p.m. with music ending no later than 10 p.m. on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, these businesses must close no later than midnight with music ending no later than 11 p.m. Any existing outdoor patio areas approved previously may stay open in accordance with the establishment’s existing liquor license.

Live entertainment must be limited to two musicians and all employees providing service are required to wear a mask.

“We have to maintain safety and providing festival-like environments for people to congregate is not in the best interest of the publics’ health right now,” said Eckert. “We want all our businesses to thrive and many have adapted to the current environment pretty well, but we have got to maintain safe practices including mask wearing and social distancing until it is safe to return to usual operating practices.”

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