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The Return of Outdoor Dining on March 22nd!

One step closer to spring

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced on Friday that in collaboration with the Boston Licensing Board and City departments, outdoor dining for approved restaurants in Boston will now begin on March 22 due to the weather forecast. This is an earlier start than the previously-announced date of April 1.

So far the City has approved more than 215 of the more than 430 online applications. Last year more than 550 applications were approved.  Walsh also stated the City will once again waive application fees for restaurants seeking outdoor dining.

“Outdoor dining was one of the bright spots last summer and fall, and we’ve seen the benefits it has had on our neighborhoods: supporting local businesses, a safe and enjoyable experience for restaurant patrons, and an added resource for Boston’s small businesses during this challenging time,” said Mayor Walsh. “I’m thrilled we are able to start this program even earlier, and I look forward to businesses and residents taking advantage of it.”

The 2021 Outdoor Dining Pilot Program season for approved restaurants will begin on March 22, 2021, and will end on December 1, 2021, weather permitting. Restaurants that took part in the 2020 temporary outdoor dining program and who wish to do so in 2021 must re-apply, and the City will also be accepting applications from restaurants that did not take part in the 2020 temporary outdoor dining program.

Not new news, but the mayor also officially confirmed that the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is canceled for the second straight year due to COVID-19.  He also warned against large St. Patrick’s Day gatherings.  “We are so close to a finish line here that what we don’t need now is a step backwards.” 

Last Friday, the City of Boston Licensing Board met virtually with bars and restaurants in South Boston about upcoming St. Patrick’s Day public safety guidance and restrictions. You can read a recap here. 

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