GREECE, N.Y. (WROC) — Restaurants in the Town of Greece will be able to apply for outdoor seating permits, Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich announced Tuesday.
Officials say this temporary outdoor seating permit will be issued by the Town of Greece Fire Marshal’s office within 24 through 48 hours after businesses supply supporting documentation.
Once businesses have been emailed their permit, they are able to begin the outdoor seating immediately, according to officials.
A press release from Reilich’s office Tuesday said there will be no fee for this service or the permit itself, but business owners must supply a floorplan or request a free walk through inspection in order to be certain they are in compliance with the following stipulations:
- Proof of adequate amount of social distancing between tables.
- Clear access to the parking lot or sidewalk.
- The ability to denote the area that is being used with stanchions or fencing, etc.
“Whether they carry out a bag to your car and hand you the food, or whether you’re sitting at a table and they hand you the food, the servers will be wearing masks, I think we can comply with the safe distancing that’s been outlined and yet allow the business to have outdoor seating in the nice weather,” said Reilich, in an interview with News 8.
“As a former small business owner myself, I can relate to the struggles that many small businesses are going through right now due to the extended shut down period” Reilich said in a press release Tuesday. “I want to offer our food service industry an option to be able to serve more residents and do so safely. I am hopeful that this ability to generate more seating will help cut some of the devastating losses they have experienced.”
Bob Duffy, who is advising Governor Andrew Cuomo on the reopening of the Finger Lakes region, said the state will make any call on reopening.
“While we like the concept of opening outdoor dining spaces, it is important to not get out in front of a decision-making process. The decision to further open businesses in any region of New York State is Governor Cuomo’s and his only. To go against that without permission would not be advisable,” said Duffy in a statement.
Dave Palumbo, owner of The Original Charbroil House in Greece, expressed his excitement to get an outdoor seating permit.
“We’ll go six feet apart, we’ll get a bunch of tables and chairs under there, we’ll probably get the stuff from inside and bring it out,” Palumbo elaborated.
“Hopefully, a beginning of getting back to normalcy,” Palumbo continued.
Businesses that are interested in the permit should direct all questions and requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.