Denver bars and restaurants need to apply to reopen for sit-down service outdoors

Ahead of any set reopening date, the city of Denver on Monday announced that restaurants and bars could begin submitting proposals to operate outdoors in parking lots, on sidewalks and in streets.

Once approved, the new al fresco dining areas would be allowed to run until at least Sept. 7, according to a city release.

“Business owners need time to prepare for re-opening, and we want to set them up for success as soon as dine-in becomes permissible again,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said in the release. “We also want to ensure it’s safe for employees and customers to return to these businesses when that time comes.”

During a Monday press conference, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis reiterated his commitment to a statewide move toward outdoor dining.