Mayor Walsh Says City Wants To Help Restaurants Set Up Outdoor Seating


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Restaurants in Boston are still closed for dining-in as the state begins to slowly reopen.

Mayor Marty Walsh said in his update on the city's COVID-19 response Thursday that they are trying to both loosen and speed up regulations to allow more restaurants to set up outdoor seating.

Walsh said they're "being creative in different parts of the city." He also described how they're finding the space:

We put them in a parking space, so we potentially give them a parklet where they can set up some tables and sidewalks stay accessible for folks. And, we'd be able to allow them the opportunity to do some outdoor dining. There's some other places that we might be able to close down a parking lane in the street and maybe turn that into a restaurant space.

The city is also planning on setting up a webpage to help restaurants find personal protective equipment, known as PPE.

WBZ NewsRadio's Karyn Regal (@Karynregal) reports

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