ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Howard County Government Calvin Ball launched emergency laws to the county council on Wednesday that will lengthen the short-term out of doors eating program for eating places that added or expanded the service through the pandemic.
“With council approval, our laws will be certain that eating places are in a position to make the most of their out of doors seating and proceed their restoration whereas our climate continues to be good,” stated Government Ball.
The short-term use allow for out of doors desk service is ready to run out on Aug. 15, the identical time because the County’s State of Emergency and Maryland’s emergency order. The brand new laws would enable eating places to maintain the seating choice for an additional three months, till Nov. 15.
Greater than 60 eating places utilized for the permits. Howard County restaurant homeowners stated that out of doors eating is essential to their restoration from the pandemic.
“Something that we are able to do to increase our season and staying open, offering extra seats is essential,” stated Randy Marriner, Proprietor of the Victoria Restaurant Group.
Hudson Coastal Uncooked Bar and Grille proprietor Tricia Hudson want to preserve providing out of doors eating to prospects who might not really feel snug sitting inside.
“I believe out of doors seating will convey in additional patrons,” stated Hudson. “It’ll convey within the consolation degree that individuals want.”
Hudson stated the restaurant trade continues to be dealing with many difficulties like provide chain points, worth will increase and points with hiring workers, making the pandemic restoration troublesome.
“Throughout the previous couple of months, I’ve visited dozens of eating places the place the homeowners say they’re starting to recuperate from the losses suffered through the pandemic,” stated Ball. “By permitting them to proceed to supply out of doors seating, we hope they’ll have the ability to rebound much more shortly. I’m optimistic the County Council will vote to approve the extension by month’s finish.”
Ball additionally stated that his administration is working to offer some eating places the choice to make the out of doors seating everlasting. An announcement about that choice can be made within the coming weeks.
Howard County Board of License Commissioners voted unanimously to permit eating places, bars, and taverns to proceed to promote to-go alcoholic drinks.
The coverage permits alcoholic drinks, together with cocktails and combined drinks, to be accessible for carryout or supply from licensed institutions by means of at the least June 30, 2023.