Duggan looking to expedite approval for outdoor seating at Detroit restaurants

Detroit Mayor Duggan
Posted at 1:00 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 14:26:12-04

(WXYZ) — In his daily COVID-19 update, Duggan said that ahead of restaurants being allowed to reopen, the city is trying to be proactive in allowing restaurants to have outdoor seating.


Currently, it is a two to three months-long process to get approval.

Duggan said restaurants operating at two-thirds capacity will not allow owners to make a living. He sent a proposal to the Detroit City Council to try to shorten the approval process in a matter of few days.

He also mentioned that the city will have an outdoor restaurant guide available to owners once restaurants are allowed to re-open.

In addition to his update, Duggan highlighted the Detroit 2020 Census Neighborhood challenge. He was joined by two community leaders who have been urging their neighbors to fill out their census form.

He also encouraged Detroiters to attend a drive-up census event Saturday at MLK High School in Detroit.

The mayor was be joined by the city's Chief Story Teller who will remind Detroiters to watch the Everybody vs COVID-19 digital festival that will be broadcast on the city's Facebook and Instagram accounts.
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