BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced Wednesday that outdoor dining in the city will be extended until Dec. 31, 2021. It was previously set to end on Dec. 1.
"Activating public spaces to expand outdoor dining helps bolster our local businesses during pandemic recovery and creates connected communities spaces for residents, visitors, and families," Mayor Wu said in a statement. "I’m excited to extend this program through our holiday season and look forward to supporting our small businesses as anchors for our neighborhoods. Expanding to winter outdoor dining will help our communities stay safe, healthy, and vibrant."
The extension, however, does not apply to the North End. Outdoor dining in that neighborhood expired on Nov. 1, a month earlier than the original deadline for the city. Officials said the decision had to do with construction, parking, and heavy traffic.
Mayor Wu also said that she will work toward implementing a longer-term outdoor dining plan for the city, as well as "advance creative placemaking strategies, with clear guidelines to ensure full accessibility, emergency vehicle access, and snow removal."
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