Wyoming expands outdoor restaurant seating

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Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll signed an emergency order that increases outdoor restaurant seating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The order is designed to support local restaurants that are reopening with reduced indoor capacity. Photo by iStock

The city of Wyoming issued guidance that temporarily allows local restaurants to expand outdoor seating arrangements.

Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll signed an emergency order that increases outdoor restaurant seating during the COVID-19 pandemic. The order is designed to support local restaurants that are reopening with reduced indoor capacity.

“Wyoming is home to a variety of excellent restaurants that feature cuisines from around the world,” Poll said. “I’m excited to give restaurant owners an opportunity to jumpstart their businesses as we rebound from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. With the support of the community, I know they’ll be successful.”

To take advantage of the new guidelines, business owners must apply and be approved for the expanded seating area. Before submitting their application, applicants are encouraged to contact staff to discuss their plans and any questions they may have.

Planning staff can be reached at plan_info@wyomingmi.gov or (616) 530-7258, Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Once an application with relevant plans and information is submitted to the planning office, it will be reviewed for approval.

The Wyoming City Hall building will reopen to the public Monday with visitor requirements like answering COVID-19 screening questions, wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

In-person visitors will be able to access city hall through the 28th Street front entrance. Community members are encouraged to continue using online and drive-up window services to limit contact points. City hall’s hours remain Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

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