Lewiston city officials have approved plans for restaurants to expand their outdoor dining areas in efforts to address social distancing measures put in place amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organization Beautiful Downtown Lewiston had requested the allowances to give restaurants more flexibility with their seating arrangements while they are still subject to state restrictions on gatherings.
The measures include suspending all fees associated with applications to expand patio seating and allowing outdoor seating areas to extend beyond the boundaries of the restaurant if its neighbors provide written approval. The seating area must be one contiguous area, and the additional seats may not exceed the permitted number for the restaurant.
Owners also still need approval from the state to serve alcohol in their expanded patio areas. (City of Lewiston)