City Extends Outdoor Operations to Assist Businesses During Pandemic


Colorful Fishing Like Shacks Provide Protection For Guests Behind Maine Craft Brewing on Washington Avenue, Portland, Recently.

These Ladies Said They Prefer the Fire Pit Near Them to the Shelter Which was
“Isolating” to Keep Them Warm Behind Maine Craft Brewing Company on Washington Avenue, Portland, Recently.

In order to continue helping local businesses through the pandemic, the Portland City Council approved an extension of the City’s emergency proclamation as well as outdoor dining operations through MAY 10, 2021.  This will allow restaurants and retailers to continue to operate outdoors on private property, public sidewalks and in parking lanes.

Businesses must reapply to continue outdoor operations so the city is aware who is continuing to use theses spaces, ensure proper barricades are in place and in order to properly sign an extension for any state liquor licenses.  The permit applications to continue operating through May 10, 2021 is now available on the city website.  Applications are due January 15, 2021.

One of the requirements of any business interested in continuing to operate in parking lanes is that their area of operations be surrounded by barriers to protect people, furniture and structures during plowing operations.

City staff will continue to evaluate this unprecedented program throughout the season and make changes as needed.