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Both Ann Arbor And Ypsilanti Extend Outdoor Dining Permits During COVID-19

Oct 21, 2020

Both the City of Ann Arbor and the City of Ypsilanti have extended permits to continue allowing businesses to operate outdoors during the pandemic.  

In Ann Arbor, city council approved a resolution that has extended downtown street closures until November 30th.  The weekend closures were scheduled to end November 1st.  Meanwhile, the Ypsilanti city council extended the city’s Sidewalk Cafes permit period from November 1st until May of 2021.  Ypsilanti City Council Member Brian Jones-Chance from the first ward says patrons are asking for outdoor dining during the pandemic.

Council Member Jones-Chance: I think knowing that there is a safe option will be encouraging for a lot of folks.

Jones-Chance says that, in Ypsilanti, council extended the permit through May of 2021 to allow businesses to create a long-term plan for outdoor dining.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu