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Mayor of Annapolis proposes safe ways to reopen restaurants

Posted at 5:26 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 17:26:02-04

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Social restrictions are lifting and people are itching to get to a restaurant. Restaurant owners are anxious for customers to come back as well.

The shutdowns have had a devastating impact on businesses, including those restaurants.

Mayor of Annapolis, Gavin Buckley, has come up with some ideas for his city. A plan for Annapolis to expand the safest way to go to your favorite watering hole: outside dining.

The mayor wants to treat different areas of the city with different ideas, what's good for West Street may not work in Eastport. The new plan has four ideas.

"You can reclaim a parking space or two out in front of your business, you can expand your license area onto the sidewalk if you need to," he explained. "You can reclaim your parking, if you're lucky enough to have your own parking area and put a tent in there or put tables and chair in there. The important thing is if you are in one of these blocks or recovery zones that we shut the streets to traffic at certain times and that's the place that will be a focal point for our recovery."

Local administrators will continue to find ways to make their economy thrive. Having restaurants open in some kind of normal capacity won't happen until phase two of Governor Hogan's plan.