CORNING — The City Council Tuesday will discuss options to aid local restaurants while indoor dining is shutdown statewide to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Staff has come up with an application process that would let restaurants transition to outdoor operations within the public-right-of way or within parking lots or other areas of private property. The fees associated with the application process and other permits needed for this transition could be waived for the duration of the COVID-19 state of emergency if the council approves this option.
Another idea staff has put together is to buy tables, chairs awnings and shade structures that would be leased to restaurants during the state of emergency for no cost. The city already budgeted $5,000 to support material and supply costs associated with community events like food truck Tuesday.
With the pandemic making food truck Tuesday unlikely, staff wants to use the money planned for that event and a $5,000 allocation from the general fund to buy the furniture and offer further aid to restaurants.
Once the emergency is over, the city’s plan would be to use the equipment for community events.
The meeting will be in person at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the City Council chambers, 794 Third St. Meetings are free and open to the public, but a limit of 22 people will be allowed into the council chambers, including the council and staff.
Masks are required to attend the meeting and temperatures will be taken at the door.
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