Town of Amherst extending and expanding provisions for outdoor dining

Posted at 3:00 PM, Sep 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-19 15:00:24-04

TOWN OF AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Town of Amherst announced Saturday it is extending and expanding the provisions allowed under the temporary outdoor dining policy.

The temporary outdoor dining policy is an initiative that allows restaurants to re-purpose and use parking lots and sidewalks for outdoor seating due to indoor capacity restrictions due to COVID-19.

The town says businesses will now have the opportunity to apply for the use of temporary tents or other temporary structures as the weather begins to change.

"The Town of Amherst recognizes the challenges that restaurants currently face, especially as the weather begins to change. We want to support our local businesses in every way possible", said Amherst Town Supervisor Brian Kulpa. "These restaurants will now have the opportunity to apply for an additional permit for the use of tents and similar temporary structures, allowing for expanded use of their outdoor dining space."

"We applaud the Town for preemptively taking this action at a time when it's been extremely challenging for businesses, especially for the restaurant industry. We see this effort as positive way to assist in their success," said President of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce A.J. Baynes.

The provisions are pending approval at the September 21, 2020 Town Board Meeting.

For further information visit the town's website here.